WA HACC transition

Page last updated: 31 July 2017

On 1 February 2017, the Australian Government announced the transition of  responsibilities for Western Australian (WA) Home and Community Care (HACC) services and specialist disability services for older people (aged 65 years and over and 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) to the Commonwealth.

Western Australian HACC services for older people will transition to the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) from 1 July 2018. This will enable the Commonwealth to have full funding policy and operational responsibility for the delivery of aged care services nationally.   

Two year funding agreements will be offered to eligible HACC service providers and assessment services in Western Australia transitioning to the CHSP from 1 July 2018.

WA HACC roadshow

Western Australian Home and Community Care (HACC) service providers and other interested stakeholders are invited to attend a roadshow on the WA HACC transition.

The roadshow will provide important information to prepare you for the changes to the roles and responsibilities for aged care and disability services from 1 July 2018.

As part of these changes, WA HACC services for older people will transition to the Commonwealth Home Support Programme from 1 July 2018.

Session topics

The sessions will cover:

  • Requirements of the CHSP
  • Arrangements for HACC clients aged under 65 years
  • Overview of My Aged Care for service providers
  • Overview of Data Exchange reporting.

Roadshow schedule

Date 2017

Region 

Location -Venue

Time

Monday

28 August

South West

Bunbury - Quality Hotel Lighthouse

10:30am – 2:30pm

Tuesday

29 August

Perth  Metropolitan

Perth - Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

10:00am – 2:00pm

Wednesday 30 August

Wheatbelt

Northam - Northam Recreation Centre

9:00am – 12:30pm

Registration

Please register by Tuesday 22 August 2017.

To register to attend the WA HACC transition roadshow, click on the location you wish to attend in the above table. Please register early to ensure your place.

WA HACC service providers may also advise of their attendance to the sessions and submit any queries about the transition to the Commonwealth Department of Health at WA.HACC.Transition@health.gov.au.

WA HACC transition - webinar

There will be a live webinar on the WA HACC transition to the CHSP on Wednesday 13 September 2017 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm (AWST).

You will be able to watch the presentation live and submit questions online. The webinar will also be recorded and made accessible on demand via the website in the weeks following.

View the live webinar on the WA HACC at the scheduled time.

Support provided

The CHSP provides entry level support to help older people living in the community to remain independent. Services delivered will

  • provide timely, high quality entry level support
  • focus on each person’s individual goals, preferences and choices
  • be underpinned by a strong emphasis on supporting independence and wellness.

The Commonwealth will support older people living in Western Australia to remain living in their own homes for as long as they want and are able to.

Continuity of support in WA

Clients of the Western Australian specialist disability system aged 65 or over (or 50 and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) who will not be eligible for the NDIS will be assured access to continued support to achieve similar outcomes to those they were achieving prior to the changes.

From 2019, support will continue under the new Commonwealth CoS Programme, or other relevant Commonwealth programs where they are assessed to best support the client’s needs.

Commitment to a smooth transition

The Commonwealth and the Western Australian governments are committed to a smooth transition for existing HACC providers and clients.

This includes a period of funds stability for all HACC service delivery and assessment services for older people in Western Australia to ensure minimal disruption to services.

The existing Western Australian Home and Community Care Programs are jointly funded Commonwealth-state programs and will continue to be administered by the state government until the new arrangements are in place.

Further information

The Commonwealth and Western Australia will be communicating regularly with stakeholders on progress of the transition.