Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP), Home Care Packages (HCP)

Reduction in home care fees from 1 July 2019

Message from the Department Of Health

  • Reduction in home care fees from 1 July 2019

As part of the 2018-19 MYEFO Boosting support for older Australians measure, the Government announced a reduction in basic daily fee, with a greater reduction for those on lower packages.

From 1 July 2019, the maximum basic daily fees for home care will reduce by:
• $400 for level 1
• $200 for level 2
• $100 for level 3

To maintain the value of the consumer’s home care package, the Government will increase the value of its contribution for each package level by the same amount.
From 1 July 2019, to give effect to the fee reductions mentioned above, the basic daily fee will be based on the consumer’s home care package level as follows:

Package level/Daily fee

More information is available on the department's website

Additional information on CHSP and HCP

Attached documents include;

  • FACT SHEET: Trials under the Aged Care System Navigator Measure
  • Commonwealth Home Support Programme: Interaction with Home Care Packages
  • Commonwealth Home Support Programme – Information Update
  • Case Studies of Wellness and Reablement
  • Improvements to home care pricing: Information for existing home care recipients

Reablement Focused Assessment Trial Commences

Reablement-focussed assessments are being trialled by five Regional Assessment Services undertaking ‘active assessment’ of clients seeking services under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

The focus is on a ‘show me’ approach to how clients undertake activities of daily living and working with them to identify task simplification strategies. Most clients complete a reablement period of 6-8 weeks before referral for ongoing CHSP services is made.

Support strategies for the sector will be rolled out during the trial. These will include training programs, resources and practical supports to assist CHSP service providers, senior Australians, their families and carers.
An evaluation will assess the effectiveness of the assessment model. The trial will run until June 2020.

Consumer Directed Home Care Packages

Under the Aged Care Act 1997, the Australian Government provides a subsidy to an approved provider of home care to coordinate a package of care, services and case management to meet the individual needs of older Australians.

Find out more @ Ageing and Aged Care

Streamlined access to entry-level support services for older people and their carers through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) is one of the changes 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 provides entry-level home support for frail older people who need assistance to keep living independently.

Find out more @ Ageing and Aged Care

Community Care Review: Election silence on home care wait list ‘inexplicable’

Election silence on home care wait list ‘inexplicable’
By Judy Skatssoon on May 15, 2019 in Community Care Review

As Australia heads to the polls on the weekend the home care waiting list, currently pushing 130,000, is the election campaign elephant in the room.

The coalition has been silent on any policies relating to this political headache, and it wasn’t until a week before the federal election that Labor offered a vague pledge to “investigate interventions to ensure older Australians most at need are prioritised for home care” and “look at how best to improve access to home care packages”. Read more @ Australian Ageing Agenda