Applications are open for providers in remote and very remote areas to deliver residential aged care services to indigenous Australians.

The funding aims to improve access to culturally-safe aged care services in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

A total of $60 million over four years is available this round, which is part of the Government’s $105.7 million expansion to the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care program announced in the 2018–19 Budget.

The remaining $46 million was previously allocated for home care places.

The full expansion provides more than 900 additional indigenous Australians access to residential and home aged care services close to family, home or country, said Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt.

“Our Government is committed to providing safe, quality aged care to regional, rural and remote Australia, which at times are faced with specific challenges that capital cities do not experience,” Mr Wyatt said.

Applicants can apply for new or additional NATSIFAC residential aged care places, or to convert existing residential aged care services administered under the Aged Care Act to the NATSIFAC program.

Applications close on 20 March 2019.

Access more information about the grant here.

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