Aged Care Approval Round 2015 to open in August 

The Abbott Government has today announced that applications for the 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) for both home care and residential aged care places will open in August. The Government is progressively moving aged care from a welfare-style system to one that empowers older Australians to choose their own care services through a market-based system (10 June 2015)

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Home care focus in 2015 ACAR

The 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) will open in August and, as outlined in the 2015-16 Budget, will be the last offering Home Care Package (HCP) places for providers (11 June 2015)

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Minister raises concerns with CDC transition

Assistant Minister for Social Services Mitch Fifield has criticised some home care providers for failing to make the transition to consumer directed care early enough, reminding providers they had three years to prepare for the changes and address the loss of the ability to cross subsidise clients (03 June 2015)  Minister raises concerns with CDC transition  

Reminder: RAS Assessments

From 1 July 2015, the RAS will be responsible for conducting face-to-face assessments of older people needing entry-level support at home. The RAS will complement the existing Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs) which undertake assessments for higher intensity home care and residential care services. Further information about the RAS is available here

In addition to these key insights, all providers should start to consider their prudential compliance reporting requirements if you have not already done so.

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Bailey v RSL Lifecare Limited [2015] NSWSC 448

CONTRACT – formation – whether concluded agreement reached for licence of unit in  retirement  village – held, no binding contract made

EQUITY – equitable estoppel – whether operator of  retirement  village precluded from denying that it is bound to proceed to licence unit in  retirement  village – whether reasonable for plaintiff to consider that operator was irrevocably committed to proposed transaction – held, claimed estoppel not established

Retirement Villages Act 1999  (NSW) ss 26, 43;  Retirement  Villages Regulation 2009 (NSW) cl 15A

STEWART v VILLAGGIO ITALIANO LIMITED (Retirement Villages) [2015] ACAT 34

RETIREMENT VILLAGES - property insurance – annual budget – resident consent – recurrent charges

Aged Care Act 1997; Retirement Villages Act 2012 ss 10, 145, 159, 162, 163, 501

Experts talk up reverse mortgages but ASIC warns of risks

Grattan Institute chief executive John Daley argued government was better suited to underwriting reverse mortgages than banks. The federal government's existing reverse mortgage scheme was a good start, and tightening the means test for the aged pension would encourage more people to use it, but the government was unlikely to want to take on more liability (14 June 2015)

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2015 Retirement Living Outlook

The 2015 Retirement Living Outlook Seminar held on 28th May 2015 attracted 100 delegates. An overview of topics included is outlined here (05 June 2015)

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