WA HACC transition

Page last updated: 04 October 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.

WA 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 WA transitioning to the CHSP from 1 July 2018.

WA HACC roadshow

WA HACC service providers and other interested stakeholders were invited to attend a roadshow on the WA HACC transition, held from Monday 28 August to Wednesday 30 August 2017.

The roadshow provided important information to prepare service providers for the changes to the roles and responsibilities for aged care and disability services from 1 July 2018.

The WA HACC factsheets provided in the information packs in August 2017 at the roadshow are now available to download and print below. 

Factsheets

WA HACC service providers may submit any queries about the transition to the Commonwealth Department of Health at WA.HACC.Transition@health.gov.au.

WA HACC transition - webinar

The webinar on the WA HACC transition to the CHSP was on Wednesday 13 September 2017 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm (AWST).

A copy of the WA HACC transition to the CHSP webinar is available.

Support provided under the CHSP

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 continue to communicate regularly with stakeholders on progress of the transition.