Australia’s aged care system provides care for people either in their own homes or in a residential facility. The Australian Government sets targets for the number of aged care places—both residential and home care—per 1,000 of the population aged 70 years and over. This is done to ensure there is enough capacity in the aged care system as Australia’s population ages.
How is the number of aged care places determined?
The Australian Government sets targets for the number of aged care places per 1,000 of the population aged 70 years and over. This is done to ensure there is enough capacity in the aged care system as Australia’s population ages. On 30 June 2016, there were 113.2 places in aged care for every 1,000 people aged 70 years and over in Australia. This has gone up from 111.5 in 2015. The Australian Government target is to have 125 places across residential care, home care, and flexible care services per 1,000 people in the target population by 2021–22.
These aged care places are provided in residential care facilities and in home care. Some places are provided within flexible care programs which provide care for people with particular needs either in residential facilities or in the home. Transition care provides residential and home care places to care for older people after a long hospital stay.
Who delivers aged care services?
Aged care services can be delivered by not-for-profit organisations, government organisations, or private companies. For most aged care places, the Australian Government contributes towards the costs of care—you can read more about this in the Spending section
In the next section you can explore more
about places in aged care services, including how these are distributed between the states and territories, and the role of different types of organisations providing these services.