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Retirement Village Regulations 2017

The Retirement Village Regulations 2017 have been published on Tuesday, 8 August 2017 in the Government Gazette

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Seeking contributions for research into the impact of psychosocial disability on education, training and employment

The Central Adelaide and Hills Partners in Recovery team at Life Without Barriers are currently undertaking a project to design resources to support people with a psychosocial disability to access to education, training and employment.

Feedback is being sought from consumers living with a mental illness, their families, friends and carers; as well as professionals working in this sector.

Feedback can be provided by:

  • Attending one of four focus groups. Focus Groups will be held between the 7th and 10th of August from 11am to 2pm, with lunch provided. Bookings to one of the Focus Groups can be made Here
  • Feedback via Survey Monkey can be made Here
  • Paper surveys can be posted or emailed (details within survey).

All feedback will be kept anonymous and contributors will not be identified.

Focus Group participants (excluding any organisational staff) will be given a $25 gift card as a small thank you for their contribution, whilst individuals who complete the survey will go into a draw to win a $100 gift card.

Industry Paper Outlines DES Reform

A new industry information paper has been released by the Australian government outlining the future arrangements for the Disability Employment Services (DES) program.

Follow this link to find out more

Starts Wednesday 26 July, 2017 – Money Matters Course

A free six week course in mastering money and budgeting.

Topics include: how to save money, goal setting, scams and poverty traps, budgeting and assertiveness.

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Where: MarionLIFE, corner of Marion Road and Alawoona Avenue, Mitchell Park

Bookings essential.  To register or for more information, phone MarionLIFE on 8277 0304 or email

Australian Therapeutic Landscapes Conference

To be held on Friday, 13th October at National Wine Centre.

Follow this link to find out more

Stop! Scammer time!

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is reminding Australians to stop and think before giving their personal details or hard-earned money to scammers this tax time.

Please click here for more information

2017 Winter Heating Guide

A new 2017 Winter Heating Guide has been developed by the Energy Partners Program and the Energy Advisory Services to raise energy awareness around residential energy use and costs.   

View or download a copy of the 2017 Winter Heating Guide by clicking here.

Care Types

With an abundance of aged care providers, it can be a daunting task to seek help. So, what care suits you?

In this article our Team Leader, Ageing and Disability Services, Karen Field talks about the changes that were implemented to the Commonwealth Home Support Program and Aged Care system more generally.

Registering or Accessing My Health Record for the first time

Click here for a step by step guide to registering or accessing a My Health Record for the first time.

Summary of My Aged Care system changes

To assist service providers and assessors to understand the changes, the Summary of My Aged Care System Changes February 2017 has been developed and is now available on the Department of Health website.

The key changes to the system will focus on enhancements to:

Changes to support the home care reforms, including:

  • Changes to client data to support home care reforms
  • Removing broad banding of home care package levels
  • Establishment of the national queue for home care packages
  • New service attributes and service information fields available for home care providers
  • New notifications specific to home care
  • Introduction of new mandatory fields for ACAT assessors when recommending home care
  • Ability for ACAT assessors and delegates to nominate to receive notification of a client’s home care correspondence from the department
  • Changes to the My Aged Care home care package service finder

Improving My Aged Care provider and assessor portal functionality, including:

  • Changes to client data to support home care reforms
  • Removing broad banding of home care package levels
  • Establishment of the national queue for home care packages
  • New service attributes and service information fields available for home care providers
  • New notifications specific to home care
  • Introduction of new mandatory fields for ACAT assessors when recommending home care
  • Ability for ACAT assessors and delegates to nominate to receive notification of a client’s home care correspondence from the department
  • Changes to the My Aged Care home care package service finder

Update to My Aged Care User Materials

All guidance documentation (including user guides and quick reference guides) to support this system release has now been updated and published. This documentation is available on the Information for Assessors page and the Information for service providers page. Additional information on the home care reforms, including fact sheets and webinar links, is found here on the department’s website.

A new quick reference guide for ACAT assessors on the specific home care changes – Management of Home Care Packages from 27 February 2017, is now available in the ACAT pack.

27 February: Changes in Home Care Services

Are you currently receiving or eligible for a home care package?

If YES, from 27 February you will have more choice with the support you receive and who provides it.

What does this change mean to you?

If you are currently receiving a home care package
You do not have to do anything. If you are happy with your current provider, your package and services will continue as they are. If you choose to change service providers, your home care package funding will move to your new service provider, giving you greater freedom and control.

If you have been assessed as eligible to receive a home care package, but haven’t started receiving care yet

Your next steps will depend on:

  • whether you have found a provider who can offer you a suitable package; and
  • completed a Home Care Agreement with the provider by 27 February 2017.

Still need more information on these changes?

We can provide support and guide you through these changes.

  • Call us on (08) 8168 8776 or 1800 636 368 (SA Country)
  • Drop in at our office at 149 Currie Street, Adelaide
  • Email us at
  • If you are looking for information tailored to your personal circumstances, please contact our Ageing SA consultant on 0439 936 411
  • We can also provide in-house and onsite training to any community group needing information on Increasing Choice in home care or accessing help at home.


PICKLE helps connect young people who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness, or in unsafe situations, to the nearest possible service organisation, ensuring they get the help they need right when they need it. The PICKLE app has been developed by Shelter SA, with support from a DCSI Community Benefit SA grant

Download the PICKLE app, go to the App Store or Google Play and search ‘Pickle by Shelter SA’.

PR Connect

Housing SA has developed an online application form, PR Connect, for customers seeking financial assistance into the private rental market.  PR Connect will enable customers to apply for bond guarantees and rent in advance via, on any device, any time of the day.

Follow this link to find out more

Palliative Care in Aged Care Evidence (PCACE) Project

The Palliative Care in Aged Care Evidence (PCACE) Project will build an online evidence-based guidance and knowledge resource to support palliative care for older Australians. The project is funded by the Department of Health.

Learn more and get involved by visiting the PCACE site.

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From 1 July 2017 Age Pension qualification age to rise from 65 to 67 years

From 1 July 2017, the qualifying age for the Age Pension will start to gradually increase by six months every two years until it reaches 67 in 2023. This change will affect people born after 1 July 1952 as they plan for their retirement.

From 1 July 2017, retirees will be able to access the Age Pension once they reach 65.5 years of age, then 66 years from 1 July 2019, 66.5 years from 1 July 2021, and 67 years from 1 July 2023.

This change will not affect the value of the Age Pension, and people can still retire at whatever age they like—it is the age at which they can become eligible for the Pension that is changing.

For more information:

Click here to view the Age Pension qualification age change animation

Contact Centrelink’s Financial Information Services on 132 300 or go to

If you receive Veterans’ Affairs payments, go to or call 133 254. If you are calling from regional Australia, call 1800 555 254.

Free public transport with SA’s Seniors Card

For information, including eligibility criteria and application forms, visit the website.

Information about concessions is now easier to find

The website has a Concessions page which now makes it easier for you to find out about South Australian concessions for which you may be eligible.
The Dept for Communities and Social Inclusion website Concessions Finder allows you to specify the card or benefit you are currently receiving and then lists the concessions to which you may be eligible.

For more information, telephone the Concessions Hotline on 1800 307 758.

Information for prospective Residential Park residents

Consumer and Business Services (formerly Office of Consumer and Business Affairs) is responsible for administering the Residential Parks Act. For further information, refer to the SA Residential Parks Residents’ Association Inc.(SARPRA), Ms Chris Cairalle-Allen, tel. 8255 9245 or visit the website.

Aged Care Standards and Accreditation

Latest news and information regarding aged care facility standards

SA Office for the Ageing (OFTA)

SA seniors news and WeekendPlus digital magazine

Australian Government Minister for Health

Visit the Australian Government Department of Health website Media Centre for all news and media releases.


Visit the Centrelink website Media section for all news and media releases.

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