Ready, steady… ACAR!

Tomorrow marks the official opening of the next Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR), with almost 16,000 places on offer nationally as well as $100 million in grants.

 

Tomorrow marks the official opening of the next Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR), with almost 16,000 places on offer nationally as well as $100 million in grants.

Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield yesterday announced that 9,330 residential aged care places and 6,653 home care places are available for allocation through the 2014 ACAR.

He said the round marks an important step forward in the government’s reform agenda of the aged care sector. “These extra residential aged care places and home care places will help further meet the growing demand for aged care.”

How AAA reported the news yesterday
How AAA reported the news yesterday

Senator Fifield said that the government recognises that many older Australians wish to remain in their home for as long as possible, and accordingly the 2014 round continues to expand the Home Care Packages Program.

“To encourage greater investment in areas of high need, up to $103 million in capital grants under the Rural, Regional and Other Special Needs Building Fund will be offered as part of the 2014 ACAR,” he said.

The invitation to apply for places and capital funding will be announced in newspapers and on the Department of Social Services website from Saturday, 24 May.

ACAR 2014
State or territory Residential Home Care
New South Wales 2,420 2,378
Victoria 2,671 1,768
Queensland 2,625 1,013
Western Australia 1,058 672
South Australia 212 550
Tasmania 67 179
Australian Capital Territory 223 68
Northern Territory 54 25
Total 9,330 6,653
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