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The Residential aged care and Home Care 2013–14 web report provides information on residential aged care and home care service providers, as well as the people in care, for the 2013–14 financial year.

In July 2013, the Australian Government implemented the first major stage of aged care reforms. These affect the operation of aged care services in a number of ways. In particular, the operation of community-based aged care has changed. The Home Care Packages Programme replaced three community aged care programs—Community Aged Care Packages (CACP), Extended Aged Care at Home (EACH), and Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia (EACHD). The packages are available at four different care levels for all clients after approval by an Aged Care Assessment Team or Service. More details on the reforms can be found on the Department of Social Services website.

The data presented in this web report reflect the mainstream programs in place during 2013–14—that is, subsequent to the Home Care reforms commencing. However, only limited data regarding the Home Care Packages Programme are currently available. This web report will be refreshed as further information becomes available. For general information on the data, please refer to the National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse Data Quality Statement.

Please contact the AIHW National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse for further information or customised data requests.

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Aged care sector at a glance

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$14.8 billion

was spent by the Australian Government on aged care services during 2013–14.

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3 in 4

Government-subsidised operational places (189,283) at 30 June 2014 were in mainstream residential aged care, with the remaining 66,149 operational places in the community-based Home Care Packages Programme.


People in aged care

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people in permanent residential aged care (69%) were women at 30 June 2014. The average age for women was 85.8 and 81.6 for men.

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2 in 3

people (67%) in permanent residential aged care at 30 June 2014 required high-level care to manage behaviour—compared with 47% for activities of daily living, and 40% for complex health care.

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Indigenous people in permanent aged care (24%) were under 65 at 30 June 2014, compared with 3% for non-Indigenous residents.

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admissions to residential aged care (46%) were for short-term respite care over 2013–14.

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people (21%) separating from permanent aged care during 2013–14 had stayed 5 years or more. For 85% of this group, the separation reason was death.


Aged care facilities

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Nearly 3 in 5

operational places in residential aged care (57%) were provided by not-for-profit organisations at 30 June 2014, compared with 4 in 5 (81%) for Home Care.

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residential aged care facilities (62%) were located in Major cities at 30 June 2014, with less than 2% in Remote or Very remote areas.

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residential aged care facilities (51%) had more than 60 places at 30 June 2014, compared with 28% in 2004.

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residential aged care facilities in Remote and Very remote areas (49%) had 1–20 operational places at 30 June 2014, compared with 1% of facilities in Major cities.

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Nearly 2 in 5

residential aged care facilities (38%) offered a mix of low and high care at 30 June 2014, with just 2% offering only low care.