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Aged Care Providers Urged to Apply for Funding

Aged Care Providers urged to apply for a share in record infrastructure funding

 

Aged care providers are being reminded applications for a share of funding in the Australian Government’s largest ever investment in residential aged care infrastructure will soon close.

Funding totalling $150 million is available to providers for capital grants and additional beds as the Federal Government continues to strengthen the sector and ensure the well-being of older Australians.

 

Two thousand residential care places and 1028 short-term restorative care (STRC) places will be made available as part of the 2020 Aged Care Approvals Round.

 

The residential care places in this ACAR are targeted to providers that can commence delivering care within 18 months.

 

Priorities for the $150 million in grant funding include

·         Upgrades to create more spacious rooms, increase privacy and decrease the need for shared living quarters

·         A focus on dementia-friendly services aimed at allowing those diagnosed with dementia living in the bush to remain in their communities

·         Improved infection prevention and control measures, and

·         Help for providers in financial stress to bring their allocations of residential care places online, including those impacted by bushfires and COVID-19.

 

Application forms, guidance materials and other resources can be found here.

 

All applications for the 2020 ACAR must be received electronically on or before 11:59pm (AEST) 18 March 2021.