Aged Care Reforms
Page last updated: 16 February 2019
The following aged care reforms have been implemented:
- Establishment of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission to provide a single point of contact for aged care concerns and queries.
- Increasing Choice in Home Care reforms to provide more choice for senior Australians to stay independent and in their own home through consumer directed home care packages to meet their needs.
- Streamlined access to entry-level support services for older people and their carers through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).
- People have greater choice and flexibility for how they pay for accommodation and services, with 28 days to decide how they would like to pay.
- Transparent accommodation prices and services, with all residential aged care providers required to publish the maximum amount they charge for accommodation and extra services.
- A means test in residential care to help determine a person’s fair contribution, if any, to their care and accommodation. Income test arrangements apply to home care.
- Capping arrangements help make the system more affordable overall for individuals.
- Removal of the distinction between high and low care in residential care.
- Expansion of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Care Program.
- Expansion of the National Care Advocacy Program.
- Expansion of the Community Visitors Scheme.
- Expansion of the National Respite for Carers Program and streamlined access through the CHSP.
- Expansion of the Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged Program and streamlined access through the CHSP.
- Dementia and Veterans’ supplements – the Dementia and Veterans' Supplements Eligibility Guidelines are now available.
- Introduction of the Homelessness supplement.
- The My Aged Care website and contact centre, with functions including central client records and portals for service providers, assessors and clients.
- Establishment of the Aged Care Pricing Commissioner.
- The Aged Care Act 1997 and the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 and supporting subordinate legislation came into effect on 1 July 2014.
- Subscribe to our Information for Aged Care Providers Newsletter