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The Federal Government entered the aged care field in 1954 with the Aged Persons Homes Act which provided capital subsidies to approved charitable organisations to provide essentially self contained and hostel type accommodation.
The changes implemented from 1985 by the Labor Government came to be referred to with increasing frequency as the aged care reform strategy. The major objectives of this first wave of aged care reform were the reform of both home based care and residential care, the implementation of appropriate assessment strategies, an emphasis on improved access, equity and participation across a wide range of policy areas.
The Aged Care Act 1997 introduced the following
Aged Care standards & Accreditation
Principles to guide assessment, eligibility and approval (ACAT)
An appeals process – The complaints resolution scheme and funding of Advocacy services
The current funding targets
Community Aged Care Packages and Extended Aged Care Packages
The need for the important role of carers in maintaining frail older people in the community is set to increase as Australia's population continues to age and more older people choose to stay in their own homes.