$200 Million Boost For Aged Care Services

Department of Health

The Albanese Government is investing $200 million in infrastructure grants to support residential aged care services in regional, rural and remote locations.

The choice to enter residential aged care shouldn’t mean a choice to leave your community.

The government’s $200m funding package, in addition to $135 million recently awarded under Round 1, will improve access to quality aged care in small rural towns and remote communities, including for older First Nations people.

Australians deserve high quality care in modern facilities and this $200 million will allow successful applicants to build new facilities as well as upgrade existing infrastructure.

Funding under the Aged Care Capital Assistance Program, supports the basic rights of all older people in Australia to have access to safe and high-quality aged care services regardless of where they live.

For this round eligibility has been expanded to include all regional areas (MM 2-7) with grants also available to help providers build and improve services for First Nations communities in any location, including major cities.

Grant information, including eligibility requirements are on GrantConnect (GO6989). Applications close Thursday 29 August 2024 at 2pm (AEST).

Quotes attributable to Minister for Aged Care, Anika Wells:

“As Minister for Aged Care I have visited 50 facilities and seen firsthand the difference that modern and comfortable environments can make to quality of life.

“This $200 million in funding will provide the support some of our regional and rural providers need to bring their facilities into the modern era and create beautiful, caring environments.

“Beyond the regions and the bush, this is also an exciting opportunity for city-based providers with the necessary skills and experience to deliver projects that provide care to First Nations people.”

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