Residential aged care: Proposed alternative models for allocating places

Closed 13 Sep 2019

Opened 28 Jun 2019

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


As part of the 2018-19 Budget More Choices for a Longer Life package, in principle support was provided to move from the current approach of allocating residential aged care places, to providers through the Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR), to alternative arrangements that support greater consumer choice. Prior to progressing to an alternative model, a detailed analysis of the potential impacts of such an arrangement on all stakeholders is to be completed.

The Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) at the University of Technology Sydney, in collaboration with aged care accounting and business advisory firm StewartBrown and the Department of Health, is undertaking the impact analysis of alternative arrangements for allocating residential aged care places that encourage a more consumer demand driven market.

No decisions have been made about any changes to the ACAR, implementation or transition arrangements at this time, including timing of any possible changes.

Why your views matter

Your input will be important to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the potential impacts of moving to an alternative model for allocating residential aged care places.

We want to hear from all interested stakeholders.

Discussion paper

A discussion paper setting out two proposed alternative models for allocating residential aged care places is available for comment. The paper seeks your feedback on:

  • whether the two proposed models are the most appropriate and if other model variants should be considered;
  • the potential impacts of the models (benefits, costs, and risks) and interdependencies with other programs or reforms in aged care; and
  • significant implementation and transition considerations. 
How to have your say
Respond to the Online Survey
  1. Download and read the discussion paper and accompanying one-page overview of the alternative models (under the 'Related' heading below).
  2. Click on the 'Online Survey' link below to respond to the questions posed in the discussion paper. You do not have to respond to all questions in the discussion paper. You can choose which parts of the paper you wish to respond to, and in which order. 

The closing date for completing the Online Survey is Friday 13 September 2019.

If you experience any technical issues completing the Online Survey, please contact 

Participate in a consultation forum

You may also wish to express your interest to participate in a forum in your capital city or teleconference discussions in non-metropolitan areas. The forums are intended to be held in August/September during the consultation period for the discussion paper.

Please submit your expression of interest to attend a forum via Eventbrite by Monday 15 July 2019. Please note that places are limited and submitting an expression of interest does not guarantee an invitation.

Reflecting back what we've heard from you

Shortly following the consultation period, we intend to publish:

  • stakeholders' responses to the Online Survey where consent has been provided; and
  • a summary of key themes identified during the forums.

What happens next

The consultation period closed on 13 September 2019.

Responses to the discussion paper, where respondents provided permission to publish, are available for viewing (see ‘Published Responses’). 

A summary of feedback from the consultation forums is also available, on the department’s website.   

Feedback from the consultation process is being considered.

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