$2.5m in funding for new Chinese community aged care facility

The Victorian Government is following through with its commitment to provide $2.5 million for a not-for-profit Chinese residential aged care facility and is seeking input from the Chinese community on what the facility should be like.

The funds were originally earmarked by the Government in November 2014 under the Aged Care Land Bank and will go towards the purchase of the site for the new facility.

Data from the 2011 Census showed more than 21,000 Chinese Victorians over the age of 60, but less than 300 Chinese-specific aged care places in the state.

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is seeking input from the Chinese community on where the facility should be located, what services it should offer to meet their needs and which organisation should build and run the facility.

In a discussion paper developed for interested parties ahead of a community meeting in Melbourne on 20 February 2017, the DHHS says that despite aged care funding being a federal matter, the Victorian Government wants to “make sure the facility is appropriately located and developed”.

It also says the Department will work with a Chinese community organisation with the expertise and ability to develop a strong business case for a not-for-profit residential aged care facility.

The Government will provide access to approximately 5000 square metres of land to build a residential aged care facility and says industry experts suggest that 90 places is the minimum for the economically viable operation of a residential aged care service.

The group or organisation that develops the facility might also transition to become the operator of the new service. A partnership or alliance with an existing aged care provider is an option.

The group or organisation that develops the facility will need to agree on key milestones, including fundraising and planning milestones, with the Victorian Government. If the milestones are met, the Department of Health and Human Services would enter into formal arrangements with the organisation to provide the land.

The Government’s objectives for the project are that:

  • It must respond to the diverse language and cultural requirements of the Chinese community.
  • It must involve diverse elements of the Chinese community in the governance of the initiative.
  • The group developing the facility must have a plan to provide governance and capital for the initiative. That might involve a partnership with distinct roles for each party.
  • Key members/directors of the organisation or group developing the facility have a strong record of successful and productive commercial relationships that have delivered on the mutual objectives of the parties.
  • Key members or directors of the organisation developing the facility will have past experience in working with government agencies.

Providers and developers interested in attending the public meeting can do so by registering here.

The Department has not yet confirmed whether or not a tender process will be used to appoint the developer and / or operator.

More information at https://engage.vic.gov.au/chineseagedcare.


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