On 19 September 2016, Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley, announced that applications were open for the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round. The successful applicants will be able to provide government-funded aged care services.

There are over 10,000 national residential aged care places and 475 Short-Term Restorative Care places open to existing and prospective aged care providers. This is the first year that Short-Term Restorative Care places will be offered. The number of places available varies among the States and Territories. In Victoria, there are 2,645 residential places and 116 Short-Term Restorative Care places.

In addition to the available places, Minister Ley announced that up to $64 million in capital grants under the Rural, Regional and Other Special Needs Building Fund will be offered to encourage investment in areas of high need and support access to residential aged care for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

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