Aged care in China

China has an increasing aging population. By 2020, 248 million of China’s 1.4 billion people will be over 60.

Healthy China 2030 details the Chinese government priorities for aged care. There are 3 planned tiers of social services for the aged:

  • home-based care
  • community-based services
  • institutional care
  • Opportunities for Australian businesses

Not all aged care workers and medical care workers in China have vocational qualifications. There's a shortage in expertise and infrastructure to keep pace with demand from China’s growing middle class.There’s demand for Australian expertise in the following areas:

  • consulting services on investment in aged care facilities
  • architectural design services, such as master planning and interior design
  • operation and management services, such as service planning and project management
  • dementia and palliative care software and IT solutions, to support the management and operations of residential aged care facilities, including smart devices and telehealth

Skills development and training

There’s demand for skilled and qualified care workers. Australian businesses can provide expertise to aged care operators, vocational education providers and government bodies. Australian business can offer:

  • tailored training courses
  • train the trainers programs
  • on-the-job training
  • specialist training programs for nurses working in aged care sectors and dementia or palliative care
  • accredited training programs
  • short-term study tours and certificate programs overseas and in Australia

A map of China aged care training opportunities is available.

Tax incentives

Preferential tax policies exist in China for the aged care sector. Regional approaches are often taken. For example, more information is available at the Guangzhou Tax Bureau of China website (information in simplified Chinese).

Laws and regulations

Aged care is highly regulated in China. Arrangements can vary by city or province. This means companies should take a regional approach.

For example, under Guangdong’s policies and regulation for aged care (information in simplified Chinese), key agencies managing related services are:

  • Guangdong civil affairs
  • health and human resources
  • social security authorities (at municipal government levels)

Who can help

Austrade China has staff who specialise in the health care and senior living sectors. They can help with:

  • research into the Chinese market
  • practical advice on market-entry strategies
  • establishing links with Chinese companies
  • identifying opportunities

How to export aged care services to China

More information about aged care in China is available, including:

  • setting up a business in China
  • aged care regulations
  • the China-Australia free trade agreement
  • qualifications
  • intellectual property