Existing and prospective aged care providers are encouraged to apply for allocations from the more than 10,000 national residential aged care places and 475 Short-Term Restorative Care places for 2016-17.

Minister for Health and Aged Care Sussan Ley said applications for the next Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) open today, after being widely advertised across a range of media over the weekend.

“The new places being allocated this year will allow successful applicants to provide Australian Government-funded aged care services, according to the level of care needs of the client,” Minister Ley said.

“Of note, this is the first ACAR which has included Short-Term Restorative Care places.

“The Short-Term Restorative Care Programme aims to reverse or slow ‘functional decline’ in older people and improve their wellbeing.  This new care type builds on the success of the existing Transition Care Programme, which assists older people to return home after a hospital stay.”

Minister Ley said up to $64 million in capital grants under the Rural, Regional and Other Special Needs Building Fund will also be offered as part of the 2016-17 ACAR.

“These grants aim to encourage greater investment in areas of high need, with up to $11.5 million earmarked to support access to residential aged care for older people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities,” Minister Ley said.

More information about the 2016-17 ACAR – including the Essential Guide, application forms, and Frequently Asked Questions – can be downloaded from the Department of Health website. All applications must be received by the Department of Health by 11:59pm (AEST) Friday 28 October 2016.

The number of places available in the 2016-17 ACAR are:


State or territory Residential Short-Term Restorative Care*
New South Wales 2,470 103
Victoria 2,645 116
Queensland 2,680 111
Western Australia 1,623 83
South Australia 215 32
Tasmania 103 10
Australian Capital Territory 180 10
Northern Territory 84 10
Total 10,000 475*

*Note: 400 allocated Short-Term Restorative Care places will take effect in the 2016-17 financial year, with the remaining 75 places taking effect early in the 2017-18 financial year.