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Performance audit of residential aged care for Indigenous Australians

Posted on: 16 March, 2010
Issue: Vol 10 No 1, January 2010 - March 2010
Related to Older people Services

Office of Evaluation and Audit (Indigenous Programs) (2009)
Performance audit of residential aged care for Indigenous Australians.
Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

This report highlights the objectives, findings and recommendations of the assessment by the Office of Evaluation and Audit (Indigenous programs) of residential aged care services provided to older Indigenous Australians under the Australian government’s flexible and mainstream programs. The audit found that the flexible program had the ability to adapt to the varied needs of elderly Indigenous people, but that documentation on the operations of the program, provision of guidelines and ongoing assessment since its inception were limited. The mainstream program was considered intrusive by some people during the assessment stage for aged care eligibility, even though the accreditation standards for aged care facilities do have culturally sensitive provisions. The mainstream program acknowledged the age difference for older Indigenous and non-Indigenous people (over 50 for Indigenous, compared to over 70 for non-Indigenous) but this was not planned for in funding arrangements for aged care placements for Indigenous people aged 50-69 years of age. The recommendations from the audit centred around the findings of the evaluation.

  • Contact details:
    • Australian National Audit Office,  GPO Box 707, Canberra ACT 2601, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600, ph: (02) 6203 7300, fax: (02) 6203 7777, email:
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