Ageing, Disability & Home Care

Younger People in Residential Aged Care

The Council of Australian Government's (COAG's) five year Younger People in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC) initiative ended on 30 June 2011.

The NSW YPIRAC Program was introduced in 2007 as a joint initiative of the Commonwealth and NSW governments to provide accommodation and support to younger people with a disability living in, or at risk of entering, residential aged care.

The program aims to:

  • help some younger people with a disability to move out of residential aged care into suitable alternative accommodation
  • divert entry for some younger people who are 'at risk' of inappropriately entering a residential aged care facility
  • enhance the delivery of disability services to some younger people with a disability who continue to live in a residential aged care facility.

Whilst the agreement between the Commonwealth and NSW is now completed, funding of over $26 million per annum ($12.6 million from each Government) is committed and will continue to be used to support younger people with a disability in residential aged care.

All individuals currently in receipt of ongoing YPIRAC services will continue to receive support for as long as required.

The YPIRAC Program is continuing to accept applications for assistance, however services offered under the Program are allocated on a priority basis as they become available. Where services are unavailable, applicants will be placed on a needs register for service allocation as resources allow.

The program is currently focusing on younger people with a disability who are under the age of 50 and live in residential aged care in NSW.

The younger person with a disability, their family and carers work with us to design the most appropriate service packages for their individual needs.

For more information, or to request an application package, contact the YPIRAC Information Line on 1800 467 622 or email ypirac@facs.nsw.gov.au.

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