Applications for aged care funding open in May


Aged care providers in the Kennedy electorate are advised to think about projects eligible for funding under the next Aged Care Approvals round which is open for applications in May, North Queensland based Senator Macdonald said today.

Senator Macdonald said that this round of funding would continue to expand the Home Care Packages program, helping older Australians to remain living independently in their own home.

We recognise that many older Australians would like to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, Senator Macdonald said.

That is the purpose of this package and we would hope that as many interested groups as possible in Kennedy will apply for funding in this area.

The Minister responsible for ageing, Senator Mitch Fifield, said that residential aged care places will also be made available in this next round of funding. To encourage greater investment in areas of need, the Government will make funding available for capital grants under the Rural, Regional and Other Special Needs Building Fund.

The ACAR is the major funding round in the aged care industry and provides new Australian Government-funded aged care places to service providers through a competitive assessment process, Senator Fifield said.

Between now and the opening of applications in May, I encourage aged care providers in Kennedy to consider the aged care needs in their area to make the most of these opportunities, Senator Macdonald said.

The invitation to apply for places and capital funding will be announced in major newspapers and on the Department of Social Services website (www.dss.gov.au) in May 2014.

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