In the 2019-20 Budget, the Australian Government announced improvements to payment arrangements for home care packages. This will align home care with other Government-funded programs where providers are paid in arrears and for actual services delivered once they are delivered.
Last year, the Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA) consulted with home care providers on the potential financial impact of these changes. The department also consulted with providers on the non-financial impacts.
Having considered the outcome of those consultations it has been determined that phase 1, home care payments in arrears will commence on 1 June 2020.