Information for providers

Page last updated: 17 January 2017

The Australian Government is rolling out a new Commonwealth Continuity of Support (CoS) Programme for older people with disability who receive state and territory managed specialist disability services.

As CoS rolls out, responsibility for managing funding agreements for these older clients will move from the state or territory government to the Australian Government.

If a service provider chooses not to become a CoS service provider, the Australian Government will put in place suitable arrangements with another provider to ensure clients continue to receive supports that meet their needs.

It is expected that around 8,500 older people with disability will be supported under the CoS Programme. Once the NDIS completes roll out in a region there will be no new entrants to the CoS Programme post-implementation. Once all existing clients transition out, the CoS Programme will end.

The CoS Programme was developed through extensive consultation and engagement with the disability and aged care sectors.

Council of Australian Governments

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has agreed that as the NDIS rolls out nationally, it is a priority to make sure there is continuing support for older people with disability who are not eligible for the NDIS.

To meet this COAG commitment, the Australian Government will provide continued support to older people with disability who are not eligible for the NDIS, either through a new CoS Programme, or through existing aged care programs such as the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), if that better suits a client’s needs.

Client contributions

CoS Grant Recipients are expected to follow these principles in relation to client contributions:

  • Continuity: client contribution policies that were in place before transitioning to the CoS Programme should be maintained.
  • Transparency: client contribution policies should include information in an accessible format and be publicly available, provided to and explained to all clients.
  • Hardship: individual policies should include arrangements for those who are unable to pay the requested contribution.

Please note, client contributions may increase each year in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

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