Residential aged care is delivered to older people in Australia by service providers who are approved under the Aged Care Act 1997. The department plays a vital role in developing policies, managing programmes and providing regulatory services to improve the quality of residential aged care in Australia.
The department is making changes to the financial reporting requirements for residential aged care providers for 2016-17 year-end reporting.
A range of care options and accommodation are available for older people who are unable to continue living independently in their own homes.
Residential care is provided on a permanent or respite basis. Residential respite provides short-term care on a planned or emergency basis in aged care homes to people who have been assessed and approved to receive it.
The Survey of Aged Care Homes seeks information on accommodation payments and building activity during the previous financial year for every operating residential aged care service.
Approved providers of residential aged care need to complete and submit an APCS each year to the department.
Changes to the aged care system aim to ensure the system remains sustainable and affordable, while offering choice and flexibility for consumers. Read more about these changes which started on 1 July 2013.
Guidance materials including information about means-tested care fees, and income and assets assessments.