Notes on the data: Aged care places

Residential aged care places, 30 June 2016


Policy context:  Residential aged care in Australia is subsidised by the Commonwealth Government and is governed by the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act).

Residential aged care provides a range of care options and accommodation for older people who are unable to continue living independently in their own homes. The type of care provided ranges from personal care to assist with activities of daily living through to nursing care on a 24-hour basis [1].


  1. Department of Health, Australia. About residential care, (Last updated 30 June 2016, accessed 15 June 2017)

Notes:  For residential aged care data at the provider level refer to:

The data show a number of areas as having rates that are very high: these are areas with relatively high proportions of Indigenous population. As ageing and disability affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people earlier than they do non-Indigenous Australians, planning for services is based on the number of people aged 50 years and over, instead of 70 years and over as used for the rest of the population.


Geography: Data available by Population Health Area, Local Government Area, Primary Health Network, Quintiles and Remoteness Areas

Numerator:  Residential aged care places


Denominator:  Population aged 70 years and over


Detail of analysis:  Rate per 1,000 population aged 70 years and over


Source:  Compiled by PHIDU based on data from the Department of Health, 30 June 2016; and ABS Estimated Resident Population, 30 June 2015.


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