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Multi-Purpose Services for rural and remote communities

The Multi-Purpose Services Program is a joint initiative of the Australian Government and state and territory governments. It provides combined health and aged care services for some rural and remote communities.

This allows services to be offered in regions that cannot afford to support stand-alone hospitals or aged care homes. Multi-Purpose Services deliver a flexible mix of services to best meet the community’s health and aged care needs.

Multi-Purpose Services are usually managed by a state or territory health department.

Multi-Purpose Services near you

There are Multi-Purpose Services in all states, the Northern Territory and Norfolk Island.

Select a link below to view details of Multi-Purpose Services available in that state or territory. You can also use the Aged care homes service finder to search for a Multi-Purpose Service.

Details of the Norfolk Island Multi-Purpose Service can be found through the ‘New South Wales’ link below.



A Multi-Purpose Service can charge an aged care home resident who has entered care on or after 1 July 2014 an accommodation payment as well as a daily fee (for hotel type daily services and/or care).

The fees charged by Multi-Purpose Services vary. You should check with the service provider to find out what your fees may be. Any fees and other costs will be discussed and agreed with your service provider before you receive care from the service.

Last reviewed: 25 September, 2017.