Residential Aged Care Reform

Page last updated: 15 July 2019

Residential Aged Care Funding Reform

Work is underway to investigate alternative approaches to determining residential care funding that delivers more stable funding arrangements. The government has been engaging with the sector on the development of this longer-term reform.

Consultation paper

The department sought targeted feedback on proposed residential aged care funding reform options. To assist with this process, the department prepared a consultation paper. Submissions to the paper closed on 31 May 2019.

The department is currently reviewing over 90 submissions in response to the paper, and thanks everyone who engaged with the consultation process. The department is committed to ongoing consultation with the sector.

Resource Utilisation and Classification Study

The Minister for Aged Care announced in August 2017 that the Australian Health Services Research Institute at the University of Wollongong has been engaged to undertake a Resource Utilisation and Classification Study (RUCS). The purpose of this study was to determine the characteristics of residents that drive residential care costs, and use this information to inform the government’s consideration of future reform options.

The study has now been completed and the final RUCS reports can be found on the Resource Utilisation and Classification Study webpage.

Earlier work on residential aged care funding reform

The RUCS was commissioned following the completion of two earlier reports scoping residential aged care funding reform.

Further details, including copies of the reports. Residential Aged Care Funding Reform – Previous Reports webpage.