The following information is based on information from the Australian Government Department of Health website (https://agedcare.govcms.gov.au/reform/residential-aged-care-reform):
Work is underway to investigate alternative approaches for residential aged care funding that delivers more certainty and stability. The government has been engaging with the sector on the development of longer-term reform options.
Resource Utilisation and Classification Study
The Minister for Aged Care announced in August 2017 that the Australian Health Services Research Institute at the University of Wollongong has been engaged to undertake a Resource Utilisation and Classification Study (RUCS). The purpose of this study is to determine the drivers of costs in residential aged care and to develop a resident classification system and funding model that reflects these drivers. This will inform the Government’s consideration of future reform options.
Further information on the study can be found on the RUCS factsheet.
Updated progress on the study is available at: https://ahsri.uow.edu.au/rucs/
Alternative Aged Care Assessment, Classification Systems and Funding Models, University of Wollongong
The department engaged the University of Wollongong to develop options and recommendations to help inform the design of future residential aged care funding models.
Download or view the Alternative Aged Care Assessment, Classification System and Funding Models Report
A stakeholder consultation roadshow was conducted in locations across Australia during June and July 2017. At these sessions the University of Wollongong options and recommendations were presented. Download or view slides from the seminar: An alternative funding model for residential aged care.
A webinar recording on the University’s report from 17 May 2017 is also available.
Enquiries to the Department of Health
In the media
The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP (Minister for Aged Care, Minister for Indigenous Health) Media release: New Study Provides Insight into Residential Care Costs. The Australian Government has announced the start of a landmark investigation of the comparative costs of providing residential aged care to older Australians with varying needs. 15 August 2017.