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Invitation to apply for 6665 aged care places and $35.6 million capital funding.



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Media Release Kevin Andrews Minister for Ageing

KA 68/2002 Friday July 12, 2002

INVITATION TO APPLY FOR 6665 AGED CARE PLACES AND $35.6 MILLION CAPITAL FUNDING ORGANISATIONS interested in providing aged care services will be able to apply from tomorrow for 6665 new aged care places, Minister for Ageing Kevin Andrews announced today.

Advertisements for applications in the 2002 Aged Care Approvals Round will be placed in national and selected regional press throughout Australia tomorrow.

"I have released more than 8200 new aged care places worth $180 million for 2002-03, including more than 5500 aged care beds and over 1100 Community Aged Care Packages (CACPS), which provide care to people in their own home," Mr Andrews said.

The remaining places will be allocated to national programmes such as Extended Aged Care at Home and for emergencies.

"There is also up to $35.6 million in capital grants for services in rural and remote areas, and those caring for people with special needs," Mr Andrews said.

"Bed readiness will remain a key priority, as will dementia care, respite care and improving access to aged care services for people with special needs."

Mr Andrews released the regional distribution of places - revealing how many places would go to planning regions across the country - on June 8. This gave prospective applicants time to investigate land availability and planning approvals before preparing detailed applications.

"The Aged Care Approvals Round is always very competitive, with applications far exceeding the grants and places available," the Minister said. "The Department makes the final decision according to the legislation. The goal is to achieve the best outcomes for the aged care community in each region".

Announcements for CACPs will be made in September with other results announced at the end of November. Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application in writing.

Additional information is available on the Department of Health and Ageing website at http://www.health.gov.au/acc/ or the Information Line on 1800 500 853. Media Contact: Felicity Dargan (Press Secretary) 0409 550 446