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Elderly Man walking stick - Carer helpping Up

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Elderly Lady with Son and Grandson

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Elderly Lady with Carer 2

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Elderly Lady Confused with Husband

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Elderly Lady - Nurse Blood Pressure

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Health & Aged Care Funding

In 2024, Australia's aged care sector is under review following findings from the Royal Commission into

Aged Care Quality and Safety. The final report (released in 2021) detailed 148 recommendations to significantly reform the sector.

In response, the federal government announced a five-pillar aged care reform plan (to be delivered over five years), addressing home care, residential aged care services and sustainability, residential aged care quality and safety, workforce, and governance.

Strengthened Aged Care Quality Standards, a new Aged Care Act, and an Aged Care Taskforce to review funding arrangements for aged care, with the final report being released in March, have been central to this response.

 

Through the National Health Reform Agreement (NHRA), the Australian Government contributes funds to the states and territories for public hospital services, and will contribute about $133.6 billion between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2025.

For more health and aged care funding information, see the categories below. Each of these categories — as seen in Australian Health & Aged Care Resource Guide — are chosen based on where government funding is allocated. 

Australian Health & Aged Care Resource Guide is specifically designed to connect purchasers and decision-makers of private hospitals, public hospitals, aged care facilities, and home care providers with reputable suppliers. Our primary goal is to inform these decision-makers of the latest products, services, and information to assist them in effectively utilising funding for their facility.

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Torso Blue Scrubs with Tablet in Hands

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Young Lady - Teeth Clean

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Nurse with Elderly Woman - Blood Pressure

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Medical Staff 4 in Dark Blue

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Female Doctor and Nurse with Patient on bed

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Medical Staff 5 - Meeting

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Medical Staff 5 - Blue Scrubs

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Group in White Lab Coats Hands in Middle

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Elderly Lady with 5 Medical Staff

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Elderly Lady on Walker with 2 Nurses

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  • After Care
    NATIONAL Carer Gateway is an Australian Government program providing free services and support for carers. Read more
  • Air Quality
    NATIONAL The 2023-24 Federal Budget announced $502.2 million for stronger preventative health, which includes a new national lung cancer screening program and building the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services' capacity to improve First Nations health outcomes. Furthermore, $247.4 million was committed to tackling smoking and vaping. Read more The Australian Government offers the Essential Medical Equipment Payment (EMEP), a yearly payment to help with energy costs to run essential medical equipment or heating or cooling used for medical needs. Read more QUEENSLAND The Medical Cooling and Heating Electricity Concession Scheme helps with electricity costs for people who have a chronic medical condition. Read more NEW SOUTH WALES The Medical Energy Rebate helps eligible NSW households cover the costs of their energy bills. Read more SOUTH AUSTRALIA Medical heating and cooling concession is available for eligible people in South Australia. Read more
  • Architecture and Design
    NATIONAL The Australian Government is working with senior Australians and the aged care sector to improve the design of residential aged care accommodation in response to recommendation 45 of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Final Report. Read more QUEENSLAND In the 2022–23 Budget, the government provided a $9.785 billion investment to increase bed capacity across the state under the Health and Hospitals Plan, which will deliver 3 new hospitals, 11 major hospital expansions, and a new cancer centre. In 2023–24, Queensland Health will continue the delivery of this program, which has now awarded more than $3 billion of contracts to deliver expansions in Brisbane, Ipswich, Mackay, Logan, Townsville and Cairns. Read more p.38 NEW SOUTH WALES The 2023-24 Budget invests $13.8 billion over 4 years for new and upgraded hospitals, including 600 new beds in Western Sydney Hospitals and $190 million for upgrades to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Read more In regional communities, the NSW Government is investing $3.8 billion in new and upgraded health facilities, including $200 million for the Bathurst Hospital redevelopment and $260 million for a new Eurobodalla Hospital. Read more from the 2023-24 State Budget ACT $870 million in health infrastructure over the next five years to construct new facilities, expand and upgrade existing facilities and continue planning for the future. Read more p.11 VICTORIA The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF) provides government funding to rural and regional health services and agencies across Victoria. Read more
  • Cleaning Products and Services
    NATIONAL As a provider, if you have a support worker attend a participant’s home who later tests positive to COVID-19, you should organise a one-off professional deep clean of the participant’s home. Read more Approved providers can offer certain types of services under the Home Care Packages Program, such as cleaning. Read more Depending on eligibility, cleaning can be provided by the Commonwealth Home Support Programme. Read more The Department of Veterans’ Affairs provide payments for household services, including cleaning. Read more
  • Consumables
    NATIONAL As part of Strengthening Medicare, the Chronic Wound Consumables Scheme covers the cost of wound consumables used by people with chronic wounds and diabetes. Eligible people are those over 65 years, or in the case of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, over 50 years. Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget $47.8 million for wound care for patients with diabetes and chronic wounds. Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget
  • Dental Health and Oral Hygiene
    NATIONAL 360,000 adults on lower incomes will have continued access to public dental services, while work will continue on long-overdue, long-term reforms worth $219.4 million. Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget QUEENSLAND See here for public dental services provided by the QLD Government. NEW SOUTH WALES See here for public dental services provided by the NSW Government. ACT See here for public dental services provided by the ACT Government. TASMANIA See here for public dental services provided by the TAS Government. VICTORIA See here for public dental services provided by the VIC Government. SOUTH AUSTRALIA See here for public dental services provided by the SA Government. WESTERN AUSTRALIA See here for public dental services provided by the WA Government. NORTHERN TERRITORY See here for public dental services provided by the NT Government.
  • Exercise and Physiotherapy
    NATIONAL For people needing in home disability support, the NDIS can provide funding for numerous services, including allied health therapies. Read more
  • Facility Management
    VICTORIA In 2022, the Victorian Government invested $39.6 million to build a new 36-bed, two-storey aged care facility in Camperdown, set for completion in 2025. Read more
  • Fire Protection
    NATIONAL If your residential aged care service is temporarily unable to provide the level of care a resident requires (due to an emergency like a bushfire, for instance), the resident can be relocated to another approved service. When a resident is temporarily relocated, no changes are required to the payment system and you will continue to receive Australian Government subsidies and supplements on behalf of the resident. Read more In 2020, the federal, state and territory governments committed to jointly invest $261 million over five years for a Disaster Risk Reduction Package to reduce the risk and impact of natural disasters. Read more NEW SOUTH WALES The NSW Government made automatic fire sprinkler systems mandatory in all residential aged care facilities in 2013. Read more
  • Flooring
    NATIONAL For NDIS home modifications funding, read more.
  • Furniture and Fittings
    VICTORIA The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF) provides government funding to rural and regional health services and agencies across Victoria. Read more
  • Health and Hygiene
    QUEENSLAND As of the 2023-24 State Budget, QLD Health’s operating funding is at a total of $25.8 billion — a 9.6 per cent growth. Read more NEW SOUTH WALES In 2022, the NSW Government announced a $143.3 million investment over four years towards the establishment of a first-of-its-kind Australian health and technology complex in Sydney. Read more WESTERN AUSTRALIA For important COVID-19 information for aged care and community care providers in WA, read more. NORTHERN TERRITORY For information about health subsidies and support from the NT Government, read more.
  • Health and Wellbeing
    NATIONAL The 2023-24 Federal Budget allocated $40.6m to improve health outcomes for women, girls and gender-diverse people, including continued support for breastfeeding and the breastmilk bank. Read more The Australian Government allocated $68.3 million for better drug and alcohol prevention and treatment. This includes extending programs, funding essential diagnostic services for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and providing further support for renal services, including dialysis in First Nations communities. Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget $734.4m for patients to have continued access to medication management and review programs. Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget 50,000 Australians who need treatment for opioid dependency will have funded support (377.3m) to access the treatment they need at their local pharmacy. Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget Pharmacists will be able to administer National Immunisation Program vaccines at no cost to patients ($114.1m). Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget QUEENSLAND $42 million over four years to support women living in rural and regional Queensland to safely birth closer to home, reducing the need to travel to larger centres and support their health and mental wellbeing. Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget A $34.8 million boost to women’s healthcare to continue the Growing Deadly Families Strategy, expansion of outreach obstetrics and gynaecology services, and fund the development of a 10-year Queensland Women’s and Girls’ Health Strategy. This funding will also be used to act on recommendations by the Hear Her Voice Report 2. Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget NEW SOUTH WALES In 2023-24, more than $100 million was invested in women’s healthcare services, including: - $34.3 million to support 20 women’s healthcare centres. - $52.7 million to fund 48 new Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and forensic staff. - $18.6 million to support the McGrath Foundation in funding 29 new and 8 existing breast care nurses. - $7.3 million to support pharmacists to treat uncomplicated urinary tract infections and prescribe the contraceptive pill.
  • Hearing
    NATIONAL The Hearing Services Program funds service providers to operate their hearing services — including assessments, rehabilitation and devices — for eligible Australians with hearing loss. Read more Hearing services in Australia are funded by the HSP and the NDIS. Read more Assistive listening devices (ALDs) are available via the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Read more
  • Infection Prevention and Control
    NATIONAL The 2023-24 Federal Budget allocated $91.1m to establish an interim Australian Centre for Disease Control in the Department of Health and Aged Care and replenish the National Medical Stockpile. Read more $19.7m to continue the National Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infection Strategies. Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget
  • Kitchen and Catering
    NATIONAL Meals on Wheels Australia is funded by member subscriptions, corporate partnerships, donations and occasional government sponsorship or grants. Currently, member services collectively deliver more than two thirds of meal services provided under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), a government program that supports Australians to live independently in their homes. Read more
  • Laundry and Linen
    QUEENSLAND Group Linen Services is one of the largest linen services in Australia and provides specialist healthcare linen hire, sourcing, distribution and laundry services. Read more NEW SOUTH WALES Linen Services supplies clinically safe linen to NSW hospitals to support patient care. Read more
  • Management Software
    NATIONAL To find software developers that provide software for aged care, read more here. As part of the 2021-22 Budget, the Australian Government announced support for residential aged care facilities (RACFs) to improve medication management and patient safety — funding to implement an Electronic National Residential Medication Chart (eNRMC) system. Read more here.
  • Medical Storage Solutions
    NATIONAL Physical storage and data storage are both integral in helping the healthcare system run efficiently.
  • Medical Supplies and Equipment
    NATIONAL The Employment Assistance Fund (EAF) gives financial help to eligible people with disability and mental health conditions, as well as employers, to buy work related modifications, equipment, workplace assistance and support services. Read more here. Australian Government personal protective equipment (PPE) support for providers and workers. Read more here. The Biomedical Translation Fund (BTF) provides companies with venture capital through licensed private sector fund managers. It will help develop biomedical discoveries into tangible products, services and outcomes. Read more here. The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is a $20 billion long-term investment supporting Australian health and medical research. Read more here. The State-wide Equipment Program (SWEP) provides a subsidy towards the cost of Assistive Technology (AT) items and/or modifications. Read more here. QUEENSLAND Subsidy funding for medical aids and equipment is available to eligible Queenslanders with permanent/stable conditions or disabilities. Aids and equipment are subsidy funded either on a permanent loan basis, private ownership or through the supply of consumables. Read more here. $10.8 million in 2023–24 for an additional 40 new ambulance vehicles and critical equipment to support and equip frontline ambulance operatives. Read more here. VICTORIA The Victorian Aids and Equipment Program provides subsidised aids and equipment, home and vehicle modifications to help people live safely and independently in their own home. Read more here. WESTERN AUSTRALIA WA Community Aids and Equipment Program (CAEP): provision of equipment and home modifications to people with long-term health, disability or age-related functional impairment. Read more here.
  • Mental Health
    NATIONAL The 2023-24 Federal Budget is investing $586.9 million for improved mental health to address urgent gaps and workforce shortages. This includes additional postgraduate psychology places and upskilling the broader health workforce to better address mental health. This funding also extends to further support people with eating disorders, those bereaved by suicide loss and communities impacted by natural disasters, expanding services for individuals with severe mental illness, boosting mental health support for First Nations people, and further protection for refugees, migrants, and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Read more Run by Anglicare and funded by the Australian and NSW Governments, the Suicide Prevention for Seniors Program is for anyone who works with or supports older people, and is QIP accredited against the Suicide Prevention Australia Standards. Read more QUEENSLAND The Queensland Mental Health Commission is offering grants (Better Future Grants) up to $250,000 for initiatives that trial innovative approaches and build the evidence base to drive system reform aligned with: - Shifting minds: The Queensland Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs, and Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan 2023-2028. Read more - Every life: The Queensland Suicide Prevention Plan 2019-2029 (Phase Two). Read more - Achieving balance: The Queensland Alcohol and Other Drugs Plan 2022-2027. Read more $150 million for a new mental health facility for Redland Hospital. Read more from the 2023-24 State Budget Mental health services received a $301.4 million boost, delivering the $1.645 billion Better Care Together: a plan for Queensland’s state-funded mental health alcohol and other drug services to 2027. Read more from the 2023-24 State Budget
  • Nutritional Care
    NATIONAL The Maggie Beer Foundation, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, is offering a 12-month Trainer Mentor Program, which pairs aged care home kitchen teams with a qualified chef trainer — helping staff improve, meet regulatory requirements, and enhance the quality of life for older people. Read more here. The Basic Daily Fee (BDF) supplement supports aged care providers to deliver better care and services to residents, with a focus on food and nutrition. Read more here. The Australian Government invested $72.3 million in a new regulatory model and prudential framework to be reflected in a new Aged Care Act. The new model will be complemented by $12.9m to strengthen food and nutrition reporting, direct expert dietary advice to providers, and embed improved dining experiences for aged care residents. Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget here.
  • Pain Relief
    NATIONAL Australians will be able to buy two months worth of medicine for the price of a single (one-month) prescription for more than 300 common PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) medicines, halving patients’ visits to the GP and pharmacist – saving patients an estimated $1.6 billion. Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget here. $358.5 million for Medicare Urgent Care Clinics, with more clinics in more places to free up overstretched GPs, take pressure off hospitals and improve access to affordable care. Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget here.
  • Podiatry
    NATIONAL Approved providers can offer certain types of services, including podiatry, under the Home Care Package funding Program. Read more here.
  • Professional Development
    NATIONAL Free training and education is available to build the skills of aged care staff who look after people who have a life limiting illness. Read more $81.8 million for changes to scholarship arrangements. Focusing on nursing, midwifery, First Nations health workers and international medical graduates, these scholarships will assist workforce shortages in regional and rural areas, including aged care. Read more $4.5 million for the expansion of Single Employer Model trials for GP registrars in regional, rural and remote locations, so they can deliver services in various community-based medical practices without losing employment benefits. Read more The Community Development Program (CDP) is a remote employment and community development service administered by the National Indigenous Australians Agency. Read more here. $10.7 million for primary care placements (increasing number of nurses in primary care) — an extra 6000 clinical placements over four years. Funding will also support 500 nurses to return to the workforce. Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget here. $11.3 billion to fund the Fair Work Commission’s interim decision for a 15 per cent pay increase for the aged care workforce. Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget here. Advancements to the National Worker Registration Scheme, engaging with the aged care, health and training sectors ($59.5m). Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget here. QUEENSLAND $22 million over four years to provide a $5,000 allowance to each final year nursing and midwifery student on placement at a rural or remote Queensland Health facility. Read more from the 2023-24 State Budget here. NEW SOUTH WALES $2.5 billion over 4 years in frontline healthcare workforce to recruit and retain more skilled paramedics, nurses, midwives, allied health workers and clinicians. This includes: - $419.1 million to deliver first steps towards Safe Staffing Levels in NSW Hospitals to recruit an extra 1200 nurses and midwives and help address the nurses shortages. - $121.9 million over 5 years will go towards study subsidies for health workers. Read more from the 2023-24 State Budget here.
  • Professional Services
    NATIONAL $143.9 million for after-hours primary care to improve access to services for people affected by homelessness and for culturally and linguistically diverse Australians (through the Primary Health Networks After Hours Program and Healthdirect). Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget here. The Australian Government funds two assessment programs to provide aged care assessment services: Regional Assessment Services (RAS) and Aged Care Assessment Program (ACAP). Read more here. APM Assessment Services is undertaking assessments in Residential Aged Care Facilities on behalf of the Australian Government's Department of Health and Aged Care in preparation for new funding arrangements. Read more here. The Employment Assistant Fund provides workers with a disability with funding for workplace modifications, equipment or services they need to perform their job. Read more here. $1.2 billion for community pharmacies. Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget here. $40m to provide more Clinical Quality Registries, ensuring patients receive the best quality medical procedures and treatments, including those for dementia, cystic fibrosis, and pelvic floor disorders. Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget here. QUEENSLAND $586.1 million of additional funding for a new 10-year deal for LifeFlight emergency helicopter services, and a further $18.6 million for a new 3-bay hangar at Sunshine Coast Airport. Read more from the 2023-24 State Budget here. The Queensland Government committed $764 million to reducing ambulance ramping and improving access to emergency departments. Read more from the 2023-24 State Budget here. Around $224.5 million is being invested in addressing surgery and specialist clinic backlogs, including continuing the planned care recovery initiative created during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more from the 2023-24 State Budget here. $70.3 million over four years to increase Patient Travel Subsidy Scheme rates by $10 per person per night for accommodation and 4c per kilometre for mileage. Read more from the 2023-24 State Budget here. NEW SOUTH WALES $438.6 million in recruiting an extra 500 rural and regional paramedics to address the shortage of first responders and improve ambulance response times. Read more from the 2023-24 State Budget here. $170.8 million will see more than 50,000 healthcare workers increase their take-home aftertax pay through better salary packaging. Read more from the 2023-24 State Budget here.
  • Renovations and Refurbishments
    NATIONAL The Australian Government pays aged care service providers to deliver aged care. It does this through subsidies and supplements, capital grants and funding through aged care programs. Read more here. QUEENSLAND $1.06 billion for expansion of Redcliffe Hospital to deliver 204 extra beds. Read more here. NEW SOUTH WALES The Asset Refurbishment and Replacement Program (ARRP) is a $500 million, 10-year initiative administered by Health Infrastructure that provides funding for maintenance and seeks to enhance asset management principles across health facilities. Read more here. VICTORIA The Regional Health Infrastructure Fund (RHIF) provides vital government funding to rural and regional health services and agencies across Victoria. Read more here.
  • Staffing and Recruitment
    NATIONAL Grant: the Aged Care Wages – Historical Leave Liability Grant Opportunity will provide $130.9 million 2023-24 to fund aged care providers for 50 per cent of the cost associated with paying higher leave entitlements for workers. Applications close 31 January 2024. Read more Grant: funding to Home Care Package (HCP) providers to cover the additional increased wage costs for HCP workers delivering award covered care and services to Level 4 HCP care recipients. Applications close 31 January 2024. Read more The Workforce Incentive Program (WIP) improves access to quality medical, nursing and allied health services in regional, rural and remote areas. Read more
  • Safety and Security
    NATIONAL If your residential aged care service is temporarily unable to provide the level of care a resident requires, the resident can be relocated to another approved service until you can care for them again. You will continue to receive Australian Government subsidies and supplements on behalf of the resident, including any applicable hardship supplement. $29.8 million initial investment to reduce Medicare fraud, including a task force within the Department of Health and Aged Care to oversee longer-term improvements to Medicare integrity. Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget here. The Commission and the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) have established a Joint Working Party (JWP) to consider potential approaches to pricing for safety and quality in public hospital services in Australia. Read more here. NEW SOUTH WALES $69.7 million hospital security package in the 2021-22 NSW Budget. Read more here.
  • Solar
    NATIONAL To assist hospitals and healthcare facilities in installing commercial solar systems, there are a number of government incentives available. Read more here. QUEENSLAND Households and small businesses across Australia that install a small-scale renewable energy system (solar, wind, or hydro) or eligible hot water system may be able to receive a benefit under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES). Read more here. NEW SOUTH WALES If you are a NSW resident who is currently receiving the NSW Low Income Household Rebate, you may be eligible to swap your rebate for a free 3 kilowatt solar system. Read more here. ACT The Home Energy Support Program provides up to $5,000 in rebates for eligible homeowners to help with the upfront costs of installing energy-efficient products. Read more here. VICTORIA The Regional Health Solar Fund is a $13.5 million initiative funded by the Victorian Government to install solar panels in regional and rural public health services across Victoria. Read more here.
  • Technology
    NATIONAL $951.2 million for the Australian Digital Health Agency to upgrade and modernise My Health Record, making it easier for patients and providers to use and support the secure, safe and efficient sharing of information. Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget here. For health technologies and digital health initiatives and programs funded by the Australian Government, see here. The Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) works to secure sustainable livelihoods for communities of Indigenous people through appropriate technology. Read more here.
  • Telehealth
    NATIONAL $3.5 billion in bulk billing incentives, which covers many common GP consultations (including telehealth and video conference), making care more affordable. Read more from the 2023-24 Federal Budget here. As per the 2023-24 Federal Budget, MyMedicare will support longer GP telehealth consultations with reduced administration for practices ($5.9m); provide new funding packages for general practices to provide comprehensive care to patients who are frequent hospital users ($98.9m); and for Australians in residential aged care ($112m). Read more here. QUEENSLAND There is funding available for a range of telehealth enabled clinical services provided and received in Queensland, but will differ depending on the funding arrangements of the facility, private practice arrangements as a clinician, the compensability status of the patient, and the type of patient care. Read more about telehealth funding here, and read more about Queensland Health funding models here.
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