Consumer Directed Care and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Programme

Page last updated: 05 December 2016

This information was distributed on 24 February 2015.

Dear National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Programme Providers

The Department of Social Services has recently been asked if Consumer Directed Care (CDC) is being implemented in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Programme from 1 July 2015. CDC is not being introduced into this programme from 1 July 2015.

Whilst the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Programme is administered under a grant agreement and aged care services can be delivered in the home, funding is provided under a flexible care arrangement. The introduction of CDC relates to those services receiving funding as a home care subsidy under the Aged Care Act 1997 in the Home Care Packages Programme.

The expectation is that whilst CDC is not commencing in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Programme, the care delivered will continue to best meet the assessed care needs of the care recipients. Additionally, and wherever possible, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care 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