Aged care charities profiled

Australia’s aged-care charities employ more than 170,000 people, according to a report released by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

Australia’s Aged Care Charities in 2015 was produced by the ACNC in collaboration with the Centre for Social Impact and the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.

It forms part of the umbrella Australian Charities Report, an annual analysis of data reported by charities in annual information statements.

The report profiled 1465 registered charities that listed their main activity as aged-care services.

Some findings were:

  • Australia’s aged-care industry supports over 1.3 million older people and is growing rapidly
  • While many aged-care charities focus on the delivery of residential aged care and home care, some undertake a much wider range of activities, including providing cultural and recreational opportunities, social services and religious services
  • Aged-care charities tend to be larger than most, with combined income of more than $12.5 billion
  • Aged-care charities benefit from more than $160m in donations and bequests each year, and
  • 93 per cent of them reported that they had volunteers.

CEO of Aged & Community Services Australia Pat Sparrow said that the report highlighted the important role aged-care charities played, both socially and economically.

‘This report identifies the multiple ways [in which] aged-care charities make an economic and social contribution many times their relative size,’ Ms Sparrow said.

‘For instance, although aged care charities make up just 2.9 per cent of all registered charities, they account for 9.3 per cent of the charity sector’s total income.  They also constitute 14.1 per cent of all the charity sector’s employees.

‘Importantly, not-for-profit organisations provide great care to thousands of older Australians, while also providing employment opportunities for more than 170,000 people.

‘Any research which paints the picture of the contribution that not-for-profit aged-care providers make to Australian society and the economy is welcomed by our organisation.’

Australia’s Aged Care Charities and the Australian Charities Report 2015 are available to download at

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