Support Services for Remote and Indigenous Aged Care

Page last updated: 16 February 2019


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The Remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care Service Development Assistance Panel (SDAP)

Rural and remote service providers have greater challenges, particularly  with the cost of service provision, workforce and access to professional services. 

Assistance is available to eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service providers or those located in remote or very remote areas under the SDAP program.  SDAP supports aged care providers to build capacity and improve the quality of aged care services and provides culturally appropriate solutions to address the challenges of maintaining and delivering quality aged care services.

SDAP categories of assistance

  • Service Delivery – providing quality care, meeting organisational responsibilities, enhancing staff and management capability
  • Sector Support – assist one or more providers within a particular region to adopt changes to the aged care system
  • Financial Management – effective financial management
  • Project Management – developing, managing and delivering a project.


Aged care services located in remote and very remote areas and/or those providing aged care to a significant number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people located anywhere in Australia may be eligible for assistance.

This includes the following:

  • service providers funded under The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Programme;
  • residential aged care services operating under the Aged Care Act 1997;
  • service providers funded under the Home Care Packages Program; or 
  • service providers delivering Commonwealth Home Support Programme services, (at the department’s discretion).

Apply for assistance

To apply for assistance, please contact the Department of Health office in your state/territory and complete the SDAP Application Form.
PDF version: SDAP Application form
Word version: SDAP Application form

Already receiving SDAP?

For enquiries about existing projects and applications for assistance, please email 

Additional resources

  • The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care Workers web page has information and resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in aged care.
  • The Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) regulates corporations that are incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006 (CATSI Act). The website contains information about support available for these corporations.
  • The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) is the national peak Aboriginal health body representing Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services throughout Australia. Contact details are available from the website.
  • The National Aged Care Alliance (NACA) is a representative body of peak national organisations in aged care, including consumer groups, providers, unions and health professionals, working together to determine a more positive future for aged care in Australia. A list of contacts is available from the website.
  • The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission ensures high quality care for people receiving Australian Government-subsidised aged care. View their service provider resources.

Further information

Information for Panel Members
SDAP Service Categories 
SDAP Factsheet