Reminder - Check for valid ACAT approval

The Department of Health (DoH) has received a number of enquiries from providers about when an Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) assessment is required. A subsidy cannot be paid to an approved provider for providing care to a person, unless the person is approved under the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act) as a care recipient.  An ACAT assessment is required if a person is seeking access to aged care services that are funded under the Act, such as:

  • Residential Care
  • Flexible Care in the form of Transition Care or Short Term Restorative Care
  • Residential Respite Care
  • a Home Care Package

For a provider to claim subsidy for a Home Care Package, the care recipient has to also have been assigned a Home Care Package and entered into a Home Care Agreement with a provider before the take-up deadline.  More information can be found on the department’s website.