Opening of 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR)

Existing and prospective providers of Australian Government-funded aged care services are invited to apply for new residential aged care places, Short-Term Restorative Care places and capital grants.

Applications for the next Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) open at 12:01am (AEST) on 19 September 2016.  All applications must be received by the department by 11:59pm (AEST) Friday 28 October 2016.

The Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport, the Hon Sussan Ley MP has created 10,000 residential aged care places and 475 Short-Term Restorative Care places that are available for allocation through the 2016-17 ACAR.

Up to $64 million in capital grants under the Rural, Regional and Other Special Needs Building Fund will be offered as part of the 2016-17 ACAR. These grants aim to encourage greater investment in areas of high need, with $11.5 million earmarked to support access to residential aged care for older people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

An application pack can be downloaded from the department’s website.