Future care at home reform

Page last updated: 13 July 2017

The care at home system currently supports around one million older Australians each year through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (Home and Community Care Program in Western Australia) and the Home Care Packages Program. 

With the reforms introduced in recent years, the care at home system is moving towards a:

  • more consumer-driven
  • market-based
  • nationally consistent system

Important reforms in home care were introduced in February 2017 to give consumers more choice in selecting a home care provider. There is now also a nationally consistent process for assigning home care packages to consumers.

To allow the changes to bed-down and prepare the way for future reform, the government has recently announced that funding arrangements for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) will be extended until 30 June 2020. This will include an extension of agreements with service providers and Regional Assessment Services (RAS), with new funding conditions to provide a greater focus on activities that support independence and wellness and provide more choice for consumers.

Public discussion paper

A public discussion paper on future care at home reform is available on the Consultation Hub. While some specific suggestions for reform are outlined in the paper, no decisions have been made about specific future program or implementation arrangements. Written submissions to the discussion paper will close on 21 August 2017.

Next steps

Your feedback will be used to inform government decisions on an integrated care at home program.

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For enquiries about the care at home reforms please email agedcarereformenquiries@health.gov.au.