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Government announces $60m grant for aged care developments in 2018 ACAR

A record-breaking investment in aged care from the government will give the sector a much needed boost

Rural, regional and remote areas will receive $60 million in capital grants for aged care developments in a new government initiative.

The record-breaking new 2018 Aged Care Approval Round (ACAR) will also provide an additional 13,500 residential aged care places and 755 short term restorative places across Australia.

Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, said: “I’m pleased regional, rural and remote areas will be prioritised through these grants which encourage greater investment, more support and more employment in the areas of highest need.”

The residential care places will be the largest number of residences to have been made available in a single ACAR as a part of the government’s $5 billion Budget boost.

Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, said that while all applications will be welcome and will be independently assessed on their merits, “special consideration will be given to non-metropolitan areas through the application process.

“The ACAR will open on 2 July but we are announcing the upcoming round now to provide prospective applicants more time to prepare detailed proposals.”

A recent national consultation from the Department of Health invited a variety of aged care stakeholders to highlight the residential aged care needs and come up with a plan to address them, particularly in respect to specific locations and special needs.

The consultation period ended May 28 and will now be used to formulate strategy to guide the distribution and targeting of new residential aged care places.

McCormack said the new ACAR will build on the Turnbull government’s “strong record” of support for the regional, rural and remote aged care sector.

“We are passionate about ensuring all Australians have access to quality aged care services regardless of where they live but we know that regional, rural and remote communities often face challenges, compared with our cities,” McCormack said.

The ACAR application period is open for six weeks from 2 July to 10 August.

For information on how to apply: https://agedcare.health.gov.au/funding/aged-care-approvals-round-acar/2018-19-aged-care-approvals-round

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