Infrastructure funding and aged care boost
Senior Australians in regional and remote areas will benefit from a Federal Government investment in residential aged care infrastructure.
A total of $150 million in capital grants has been allocated following the conclusion of the competitive 2020 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR).
The investment has funded 72 infrastructure projects worth, on average, $2.1 million each.
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services Richard Colbeck said,“Safe, secure and comfortable residential care homes, designed around the needs of residents, provide the foundation for our five-pillar, five-year aged care reform plan.”
The 2020 ACAR also includes the allocation of over 4000 residential care places and more than 1000 short-term restorative care places worth a combined $380 million a year.
Most of the new places will take effect immediately or within the next 18 months.
“I’m delighted with the response by providers that demonstrated their capacity to fast-track the delivery of quality care to senior Australians,” Minister Colbeck said.
“As a result, twice as many residential care places have been allocated than were made available for allocation”.
Priority locations were also a focus, with more than half of the new places allocated to areas most in need, including in regional and remote Australia.
Information about the 2020 ACAR outcomes, including details of the successful providers is available on the Australian Government Department of Health website https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/2020-aged-care-approvals-round-acar
3 August 2021.