Commonwealth Home Support Programme

Page last updated: 14 March 2017

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) is one of the changes being made by the Australian Government to the aged care system to help older people stay independent and in their homes and communities for longer. The CHSP is one consolidated programme providing entry-level home support for older people who need assistance to keep living independently.

About the CHSP

On 1 July 2015, the CHSP commenced. The CHSP consolidated the Commonwealth Home and Community Care (HACC) Program, planned respite from the National Respite for Carers Program, the Day Therapy Centres Program and the Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged Program.

Growth Funding Round

The Minister for Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt, announced approximately $115 million in additional funding will be made available to increase the number of home support aged care services to older people, under the CHSP.

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.  

2015-2016 Financial Reporting Requirements

To assist Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) providers to fulfil their reporting requirements, the department has consolidated the 2015-16 Service Stocktake Report (SSR) with the Activity Work Plan (AWP) and the Financial Acquittal Declaration.

Consultation process

The CHSP was developed through extensive consultation and engagement with the aged care sector.

Transition to the CHSP

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

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.

Victorian HACC transition

Victorian HACC services for older people will transition to the CHSP from 1 July 2016 with Victoria continuing to fund HACC services for people aged under 65 years, or under 50 years for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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.

Reporting requirements

As part of the suite of new arrangements the CHSP has implemented a new programme performance reporting system - the Data Exchange.

Resources for CHSP

Documents and resources for providers to refer to on the transition and implementation of the CHSP.