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How to apply for an Aged Care Assessment (ACAT) 

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How to apply for an acat assessment

02 November 2023

Stories | Home Care, Aged Care Homes, BaptistCare

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If you’re making plans for your future care – whether it be home support services or a permanent move into residential aged care - sooner or later, you’ll likely connect with the Government’s Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT), a group of health professionals such as doctors, nurses, and social workers whose job is to establish whether someone is eligible for subsidised aged care.

Navigating the ACAT process can initially seem overwhelming, which is why we’ve broken the process down into five easy steps, as well as answering your most commonly asked questions.

In this article:

Who can apply for an ACAT assessment?

The ACAT assessment is for older people who are eligible for government-funded care and support services.

You can apply for an ACAT assessment if you are:

  • Over the age of 65 years old (or 50 years or older for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people)
  • An Australian resident with a valid Medicare card (you do not need to be an Australian citizen to apply).
  • Meet the ACAT eligibility criteria.

You can request an ACAT assessment in two ways:

  • By contacting My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or at
  • By getting a referral from your GP.

How much does the ACAT assessment cost?

Nothing – the ACAT assessment is free of charge.

How do I apply for an ACAT assessment? Five easy steps.

The ACAT application process can be broken down into five stages (click on each step for additional information).

Frequently asked questions

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