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Welcome to ACST

Aged and Community Services Tasmania (ACST) is the leading peak organisation for aged care services, community care services and retirement villages in Tasmania.

ACST provides members with leadership, advocacy and an expanding knowledge base from which to draw information to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing industry.

Our members are the services providers who offer aged care in the community and within aged care homes. In Australia aged care services are operated by charitable, religious and community organisations, private businesses and state and local governments have been delivering quality services with skill, dedication and compassion for over 100 years.

2015 ACSA/IAHSA Conference - Perth

Aged & Community Services Australia is delighted to have won the bid to co-host the IAHSA International Conference in 2015.

The IAHSA-ACSA 11th Biannual International Conference - Global Communities Coming Together will take place in Perth from 31 August to 4 September 2015.

This event, significantly, marks IAHSA's 11th Biannual International Conference and ASCA's 40th anniversary.


Sage Overseas Study Tour Bursary

Aged & Community Services Tasmania (ACST) is pleased to offer a SAGE Study Bursary to assist in the development of Tasmanian leaders in the aged services sector. This bursary will provide eligible individuals with financial support to participate in an official SAGE Overseas Study Tour (studying and advancing global eldercare).

$5,000 as a lump sum will be available annually via the application process outlined below. The successful applicant will be announced at the Tasmanian Aged Care Awards event conducted at the end of the year and the year of use will be the next calendar year. The funds will be provided to your organisation to offset the total cost of this development opportunity.

(The total cost of the tour usually ranges from $12,000 to $14,000 approx. plus incidentals.)

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the Bursary, applicants must:

  • Be working for a current financial member of ACST.
  • Be working in the aged services sector and be in a senior leadership position or identified by their organisation as an emerging leader.
  • Have a demonstrated commitment from their organisation to fund the remainder of the costs as part of their professional development or an alternative proposal to fund.

How to Apply

To apply applicants must provide a written submission that provides the following:

Name, organisation, position and all contact details

Demonstrate eligibility as per the above requirements.

  • Outline personal interests, career and educational goals, and reasons why you have chosen the aged services sector.
  • Explain how your experience from the tour will enhance your organisation and also contribute to the development of the broader sector.
  • Outline your strengths as a leader and areas to improve/develop.
  • Provide a letter of reference and support from your organisation.

This application should be no longer than 2 pages (excluding the letter of reference)

Assessment of Applications

The assessment of applications will be undertaken by two CEO's from other ACSA State Associations. ACST will only be transferring the applications and then awaiting notification of a decision.

Please return your completed application form and supporting documentation by post, fax or email to:

Aged & Community Services Tasmania

19 Brisbane Street

Hobart, TAS 7000

Fax: (03) 6234 3500


Application Deadline: November 29, 2014.

For more information contact ACST CEO, Darren Mathewson on 6231 3100 or

For more information on the SAGE tours, visit

RedUSe program

RedUSe (Reducing use of sedatives) is an innovative UTAS-led project aiming to reduce the use of sedatives in aged care facilities.

The program will be implemented in partnership with the Department of Health and Ageing, the National Prescribing Service, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, Bupa, Southern Cross Care and independent aged care organisations.

RedUSe extensively researched the way psychotropic medicines are prescribed in aged care and used this information to shape an intervention study to reduce the use of sedatives in 25 aged care facilities in Hobart.

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