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Younger people in residential aged care

The Australian Government is working to reduce the number of younger people (under the age of 65) going into residential aged care, and to help younger people who are already in residential aged care to move into age-appropriate accommodation with the supports they need. 

The Younger People in Residential Aged Care Targets are, apart from in exceptional circumstances:

  • no people under the age of 65 entering residential aged care by 2022
  • no people under the age of 45 living in residential aged care by 2022
  • no people under the age of 65 living in residential aged care by 2025

Circumstances that make younger people eligible for residential aged care

It is recognised that there are some people aged under 65 who are eligible to access care and support through residential aged care facilities, either on a temporary or permanent basis.
Where it is their preference, this includes:

- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (First Nations) people aged 50-64, and/or

- A person who is homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, and aged 50-64.

 

Changes to YPIRAC reporting from the June 2024 release onwards

Where possible, people who are eligible for aged care at a younger age have been excluded from the number of younger people in residential aged care (YPIRAC counts). Specifically:

- First Nations people aged 50-64 eligible for aged care are excluded from YPIRAC counts for Targets 1 and 3 and are reported separately in the                  data download.

  To view counts of YPIRAC before this differentiation was made, a historical version of the data, with data to September 2023, is available for                      download. Please note, data in the historical version is static. Due to the live nature of the data source, differences between the current data and            historical version will be observed.

- Data on younger people in residential aged care who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, is limited. At present, the dashboard data source    does not contain data on homelessness, meaning the YPIRAC counts include this cohort and they are not separately reported. An indication of this          cohort has been included in the factsheet using other data provided by the Department of Health and Aged Care.

Target 2 reporting remains unchanged

- Target 2 measures the number of younger people aged under 45 living in residential aged care. As such, YPIRAC counts for Target 2 (and Table 2 in          the data download) are unchanged as First Nations people aged 50-64 are above the age of 45.

‚ÄčThe dashboard below tracks the progress being made towards these targets, using the most recent data available.
For more information related to this initiative, see the Department of Health and Aged Care website.
For more information on younger people with disability living in residential aged care, see the National Disability Insurance Agency website.
For an AIHW publication exploring pathways for younger people living in permanent residential aged care, see the AIHW website.
For an AIHW publication exploring the health services used by younger people in permanent residential aged care, see the AIHW website.

Data download

Historical data download

Fact sheet.

Technical Notes.