Notes on the data: Residential aged care places

Residential aged care places, 30 June 2020


Policy context:  Residential aged care in Australia is subsidised by the Commonwealth Government and is governed by the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act). A residential aged care facility (sometimes known as a nursing home) is for older people who can no longer live at home and need ongoing help with everyday tasks or health care. The data shown here are of the number of places in such facilities.


Geography: Data available by Population Health Area, Local Government Area, Primary Health Network, Quintile of socioeconomic disadvantage of area and Remoteness Area

Numerator:  Residential aged care places


Denominator:  Population aged 70 years and over


Detail of analysis:  Rate per 1,000 population aged 70 years and over


Source:  Compiled by PHIDU based on data from GEN Aged Care Data, available from, last accessed 21 September - 30 June 2020; and Australian Bureau of Statistics, Estimated Resident Population 30 June 2020.


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