Consultation now open - Consultation Paper on the Pricing Framework for Australian Public Hospital Services 2025–26

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What is the consultation?

The Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority (IHACPA) is committed to ongoing open and transparent consultation with a broad range of stakeholders in the aged care system. 

Each year, IHACPA releases a consultation paper that outlines IHACPA’s principles and approach for developing costing and pricing advice, highlights key issues and future priorities, and seeks public responses to a range of questions.

Stakeholders including residents and their representatives, carers, aged care providers, those working in aged care, aged care peak bodies, clinicians, individuals, governments and government bodies, are encouraged to respond to the consultation paper via a submission. 

This ensures that IHACPA’s pricing advice is appropriate for the aged care sector and is representative of the diversity of aged care system stakeholders and organisations.

At the close of the consultation period, IHACPA will review and consider all feedback received to develop the Pricing Framework for Australian Residential Aged Care Services (the Pricing Framework). The Pricing Framework is the key policy document that underpins IHACPA’s approach to developing residential aged care costing and pricing advice to the Australian Government each year.

This process occurs on an annual basis, and ensures that the Pricing Framework, and IHACPA’s pricing advice reflects changes and developments occurring across the aged care sector. This will also help ensure IHACPA’s costing and pricing advice remains relevant, appropriate and evidence-based.

The consultations page on IHACPA’s website lists the current and upcoming consultation papers for public submission. Past consultations and their submissions can be found on the past consultations page.

To receive updates on IHACPA’s annual consultation and work within the aged care sector, subscribe to IHACPA's mailing list.

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