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Eligibility and assessment

The Australian Government subsidises many different types of aged care services.  These aged care packages and programmes are there to help you stay as independent as you can, including living in your own home. Each programme or package has broad eligibility criteria and an assessment process to determine your needs and eligibility. An assessment process helps to ensure everyone receives the care and support they need.

For example, if you need some help at home you will need to meet eligibility requirements for a particular service. These requirements might include a minimum age and a decreased ability to perform basic daily living tasks without some extra help. The assessment will determine your eligibility and identify exactly how much and what type of help you will need.

Similarly, if you are considering moving into an aged care home (sometimes known as nursing home), eligibility requirements may include an inability to continue living in your own home, even with some extra support.

How assessment works

The Australian Government funds many organisations so they can provide subsidised aged care services. Learn how your assessment for services works.

Aged care services

The Australian Government subsidises many aged care services to help you stay at home. Receive access to services to help you stay as independent as you can.

Eligibility for diverse needs

There's a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences across our community. Discover programs and services available to support people of all backgrounds.

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Last reviewed: 30 June, 2015.