Page last updated: 22 February 2019

Western Australian HACC transition

Western Australian HACC services for older people will transition to the Commonwealth from 1 July 2018, with WA continuing to fund HACC services for people aged under 65 years, or under 50 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Review of wellness and reablement in the home care sector

The department is conducting a national review of wellness and reablement approaches within the home care sector.  

CHSP Client Contribution Framework

In 2015, the department released a Client Contribution Framework and National Guide to the CHSP Client Contribution Framework. These documents are available for providers to refer to when setting and implementing a client contribution policy within their organisation.

Growth Funding Round - 2016

The Minister for Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, has announced approximately $115 million growth funding will be made available over two years to increase the number of home support aged care services to older people, under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

Growth funding allows the sector to respond to the changing aged care needs and growth in Australia’s ageing population.

The CHSP growth funding round specifically targeted identified priority areas to address existing gaps in home support services across Aged Care Planning Regions for identified client groups. This will see some 245 organisations providing additional home support services nationally, providing entry level support across a range of areas including:

  • allied health,
  • respite care 
  • nursing 
  • therapy services. 

This support enables senior Australians to remain living independently in their homes and communities.

All applicants have been notified regarding the outcome of this funding round.

View the Minister’s media release.

Development process

The CHSP has been developed through a comprehensive consultation process, which has included advice from the National Aged Care Alliance and its CHSP Advisory Group.

The National Aged Care Alliance wrote a number of policy papers to inform the design of the CHSP, and was also involved in the reviews of some Commonwealth HACC service groups.

The department released the Key Directions for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme Discussion Paper on 20 May 2014. The discussion paper was developed based on the outcomes of the reviews of Commonwealth HACC service groups and advice provided by NACA and its CHSP Advisory Group, and was open for a six-week consultation period.

Feedback on the discussion paper informed the final design of the CHSP.

Consultation process

Three core documents for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme were released for comment by the Department of Social Services at the start of March 2015:

  • draft Commonwealth Home Support Programme Manual
  • draft Good Practice Guide to Restorative Care Approaches (incorporating wellness and reablement)
  • consultation paper on fee arrangements for the CHSP.

Written submissions on these documents closed on Wednesday 15 April. The department analysed the feedback and used it to refine and finalise the CHSP Programme Manual and the Good Practice Guide.

Transition to the CHSP

On 23 June 2015 the Australian Government made an important announcement that funding would be granted to support providers transitioning to the CHSP.

$20 million in transition support funding was allocated for providers transitioning into the CHSP as a contribution that recognises activities are already underway to align business systems to the new programme taxonomy.

All providers transitioning to the CHSP, who were providers at 26 June 2015, were eligible for this additional funding.

Victorian HACC transition

The Commonwealth and Victorian Governments agreed as part of the Heads of Agreement on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to transition responsibility for Victorian HACC services. On 16 September 2015, the Prime Minister and Premier Andrews signed a Bilateral Agreement for transitioning responsibilities for aged care and disability services in Victoria.

From 1 July 2016, Victorian HACC services for people aged 65 years and over (50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) are directly funded and managed through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). The Victorian Government continues to fund HACC services for people aged under 65 years (under 50 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) with some clients transferring to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as it rolls out in Victoria..

The Commonwealth Department of Health and Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are continuing to work together to retain the benefits of the previous Victorian HACC system.

CHSP grant agreements for services to older people have been offered to all Victorian HACC providers. The CHSP grant agreement provides for continuity of funding arrangements for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019. 

Transition to My Aged Care

The implementation of My Aged Care in Victoria commenced from 1 August 2016 with the exception of a direct to service referral pathway for health professionals where a client only required CHSP nursing and/or allied health services. The transition of this referral pathway to My Aged Care commenced from 1 October 2017.

Further information is available on service care options for older people in Victoria, and for:

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