Multi-Purpose Services Program

Page last updated: 22 September 2017

The Multi-Purpose Services Program is a joint initiative of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, and provides integrated health and aged care services for some small regional and remote communities. It allows services to exist in regions that could not viably support stand-alone hospitals or aged care homes.

Multi-Purpose Services receive Australian Government funding to deliver aged care services with the state or territorygovernments providing funding for a range of health services.

Multi-Purpose Services are administered under the Aged Care Act 1997 and the Subsidy Principles 2014.

Funding for Multi-Purpose Services

The Australian Government provides a flexible care subsidy for Multi-Purpose Services under a payment agreement with the approved provider, which is usually the state or territory government health department.

The Aged Care (Subsidy, Fees and Payments) Determination 2014 contains information on the amount of the flexible care subsidy for Multi-Purpose Services.

Multi-Purpose Services Program Funding Round

The Multi-Purpose Services Program Funding Round is a competitive application process to apply for new Australian Government funded flexible aged care places or to apply to change the level of care designated to an existing place. Applications are invited from approved providers when additional places are available for allocation.

Applications for the 2017-18 Flexible Aged Care Places (Multi-Purpose Services) Allocation Round opened on 25 September 2017 and close on 10 November 2017.

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For enquiries about the Multi-Purpose Services Program please email