National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care (NATSIFAC) Program

Tags: Funding opportunities, Indigenous, workforce support

Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care

This program funds aged care services to:

  • meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and
  • allow them to remain close to home and community.

Most of these services are in rural and remote areas.

The NATSIFAC Program offers funding for culturally safe aged care specifically designed for First Nations Elders. This program takes a comprehensive approach by providing a diverse range of services that cater to the unique needs of Indigenous communities. Its central goal is to ensure that First Nations Elders receive care that respects their cultural values and individual requirements.

The NATSIFAC Program has secured additional funding through the 2023-24 Budget. This funding is earmarked to specifically support residential services in extremely remote locations, ensuring that Elders can continue to receive care on their ancestral lands.

The additional funding will also be utilised to assist all services in meeting the new requirements outlined in the transition to the updated Aged Care Act. By doing so, the program aims to ensure that the care provided remains compliant with the latest standards and regulations, thereby guaranteeing the highest quality of service for First Nations Elders.

How can I engage?

Aged care service providers and organisations can apply for funding through grant rounds.

Funding rounds are advertised on Grant Connect. To get automatic emails about new grant listings, register as a Grant Connect user.

Information is also available about the entry pathway into the program.

Any queries can be directed via email to:

Aged Care Capital Assistance Program (ACCAP)

Tags: Funding opportunities

Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care

The Aged Care Capital Assistance Program (ACCAP) is a targeted initiative which aims to improve access to high-quality aged care services in thin market settings. Its primary focus is on addressing the needs of specific groups, including individuals from First Nations communities, those living in remote, regional, and rural areas, people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and those with complex care requirements, such as dementia. The program acknowledges the unique challenges faced by aged care services operating in thin market settings, where there is limited demand.

The ACCAP will make available up to $602.9 million until June 30, 2027. This funding can be used for the construction of new aged care services, extensions and upgrades to existing ones and providing staff accommodation, a vital aspect of ensuring the availability of a qualified workforce in remote areas.

The program’s flexibility allows for the adjustment of eligible applicants and activities from one funding round to the next, with clear guidelines published for each round on GrantConnect. This approach ensures that applicants understand the specific requirements and priorities for each funding round, aligning with the changing needs of remote aged care services and their residents.

How can I engage?

For organisations interested in seeking ACCAP funding, it’s essential to stay informed about program updates, as the next round is anticipated to open at the end of October 2023.

Additional information and application details will be made available on the program’s webpage as the program progresses, offering a valuable opportunity for organisations serving aged care needs in remote and very remote areas to access critical funding for infrastructure enhancements and improvements.

Queries can be directed via email:

To receive notifications about future funding opportunities, organisations can register with GrantConnect

Nursing and Allied Health Scholarships

Tags: Funding opportunities, Training pathways, workforce support

Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care

The Department of Health and Aged Care funds a range of scholarship opportunities through the Australian College of Nursing including nursing, midwifery, aged care, undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships. Preference is given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants.

These are administered through the Australian College of Nursing.

How can I engage?

You can find more information on the ACN website:

Rural Locum Assistance Program

Tags: Funding opportunities, Training pathways, workforce support

Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care

The Rural Locum Assistance Program is dedicated to supporting aged care facilities in rural and remote areas that face workforce shortages due to sudden departures, annual leave and training needs. The program aims to connect these facilities with suitable locum professionals to fill essential positions, ensuring uninterrupted service delivery across rural and remote Australia. The positions eligible for locum cover include Aged Care Nurses, Allied Health experts, Facility Managers and Aged Care Workers.

The program guarantees that older Australians in need of aged care services in these areas receive consistent, high-quality care with clinical leadership. It also provides a lifeline for facilities experiencing high staff turnover, offering temporary workforce solutions while they recruit permanent team members.

The program manages all aspects of locum recruitment, from travel and accommodation to incentives, without any fees or charges to your aged care service. Your only responsibility is paying regular wages, including penalties, superannuation, and taxes, for the placement period.

How can I engage?

For more information, contact​