Better aged care services for Australian seniors in the bush

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Date published:

February 9, 2022

Type of support:

Press release

Public:

General public

Aged care providers in regional and remote parts of Australia will be able to improve services and create safer environments thanks to the Morrison Government’s latest investment.

The $35.3 million Multipurpose Services Program (MPS) will see 110 aged care sites benefit from minor capital grant projects averaging $321,000 each.

Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services Richard Colbeck said the work ranged from simple improvements such as gardens and pathways to major building renovations.

“The goal is to improve the health, safety and well-being of residents, including people with dementia,” said Minister Colbeck.

“These services allow people to stay in their own community as they age, close to family and community connections.

Providers of MPS sites will also soon have the opportunity to expand their services, with 100 new residential care places offered in a competitive allocation round.

“The funding for MPS grants and places joins the government’s $18.3 billion aged care reform program as part of the government’s overall response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Quality and Safety aged care,” said Minister Colbeck.

“The Royal Commission has recommended that the MPS scheme be maintained and expanded, and $35.3 million in grants and an additional 100 places in 2022 will do just that.”

The maximum funding available for each individual MPS site is $600,000, with vendors also required to contribute at least 20% of total project costs. The grants will be distributed over the 2021-22 and 2022-23 fiscal years.

The MPS grants build on the largest investment in residential aged care infrastructure in Australian history, which as of July 2021 saw $150 million in capital grants allocated to care services. residential care, primarily in remote areas and regions of Australia.

MPS grant results, including details of successful vendors, can be found here.

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