About the Commonwealth Home Support Programme
The CHSP is one consolidated programme that provides entry-level home support for older people who need assistance to keep living independently at home and in their community. Carers of these clients will also benefit from services provided through the CHSP. CHSP funding will be around $1.6 billion in 2015–16, which will continue to grow over the coming years, resulting in more services for more people
On 1 July 2015, the CHSP commenced. The CHSP is one of the changes being made to help older people stay independent and in their homes and communities for longer.
The CHSP brings together four programs:
- Commonwealth Home and Community Care (HACC) Program
- Planned respite from the National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP)
- Day Therapy Centres (DTC) Program
- Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged (ACHA) Program
The CHSP benefits frail older people and carers through:
- streamlined access to entry-level support services
- a standardised national assessment process and entry point through My Aged Care
- increased focus on restorative approach including wellness and reablement
- promoting equity and sustainability through a national fees policy
- reducing red-tape for service providers through more streamlined funding arrangements.
Becoming a CHSP provider
To deliver subsidised services under the CHSP, providers must have a funding agreement with the Department.
To become an eligible CHSP provider, an organisation must apply through a growth funding round or advertised selection process such as:
- Direct selection,
- Restricted competitive selection,
- Expressions of Interest and
- Open competitive selection.
The Australian Government occasionally provides growth funding to supplement various programs. These opportunities are advertised in the media and on the Australian Government Grants Connect website.
Growth funding enables the sector to respond to the evolving needs of CHSP clients and to align with the growth in Australia’s population. Growth funding is allocated on the basis of funding priorities as determined by the Australian government.
Further information on the requirements to become a CHSP provider can be obtained from the CHSP guidelines.