Consumer Directed Care and Multi-Purpose Services (MPS)

Page last updated: 23 November 2016

This information was distributed on 24 February 2015.

Dear Multi-Purpose Services (MPS) Providers

The Department of Social Services has recently been asked if Consumer Directed Care (CDC) is being implemented in the Multi-Purpose Services (MPS) Programme from 1 July 2015. CDC is not being introduced into this programme from 1 July 2015.

Whilst the MPS Programme is administered under the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act) and aged care services can be delivered in the home, funding is provided as a flexible care subsidy. The introduction of CDC relates to those services receiving funding as a home care subsidy under the Act in the Home Care Packages Programme.

The expectation is that whilst CDC is not commencing in the MPS Programme, the care delivered will continue to best meet the assessed care needs of the care recipients. Additionally, and wherever possible, the MPS provider should encourage and support the care recipient to make choices about the types of services to be provided to best meet their assessed care needs.

CDC is a way of delivering services that allows consumers to have greater control over their own lives by allowing them to make choices about the types of aged care and services they access and the delivery of those services, including who will deliver the services and when.

Aged care providers delivering home care places under the Act, through the Home Care Packages Programme, will be required to deliver all of their Home Care Packages on a CDC model of care from 1 July 2015. This means that those home care providers who have not yet commenced delivering home care on a CDC basis will be required to do so from 1 July 2015.

For more information on the Home Care Packages Programme and the implementation of CDC, please visit the Home Care Packages page on the Department’s website or the Home Care Today website.

Yours sincerely

Authorised for electronic transmission

Shona McQueen
A/g Group Manager
Ageing and Aged Care Services Group
20 February 2015