Applications open for 150 new rural aged care beds

The Australian Government is providing ongoing funding for up to 150 high needs rural aged care beds with $5 million available in the round.


Multi-Purpose Service approved providers are invited to apply for the funding, with the round open on 1 October 2019 and closing on 12 November 2019.


Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians Richard Colbeck said, “This is about providing more high quality aged care choices for people in small towns across Australia and I particularly encourage providers in drought-affected communities to apply.


“In the past, many seniors small rural and remote communities had to leave their home town or go to the local hospital to get the care they need.


“Instead, these Multi-Purpose Service beds integrate health and aged care services by pooling Federal Government aged care funding and State Government health funding to deliver flexible care that best meets individual communities’ needs.


Providers can apply for the high care residential beds to expand existing services or establish new services, or to change the level of care designated to existing flexible aged care places.


Multi-Purpose Services are currently located in all states and the Northern Territory. Find more information and the application form on the Department of Health website -


1 October 2019.