Strengthening Aged Care – Commonwealth Home Support Program Funding Arrangements – extension

This measure extends funding arrangements for the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) for two years until 30 June 2020. This includes extending funding agreements with CHSP service providers and Regional Assessment Services from 1 July 2018 (1 July 2019 in Victoria), with new funding conditions to provide a greater focus on activities that support independence and wellness and provide more choice for consumers.

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The CHSP funds a range of essential services including meals (e.g. meals-on-wheels), community transport, personal care, nursing and allied health, domestic assistance (e.g. cleaning and shopping), home maintenance and modifications and a range of respite services.

Under this measure, two-year funding agreements will also be offered to eligible Home and Community Care service providers and assessment services in WA which are moving to the CHSP from 1 July 2018.

Why is this important?

The CHSP, which began on 1 July 2015, is an entry-level aged care program that supports frail older people to remain living at home and in their communities.

The Government will extend funding arrangements for up to $5.5 billion over two years, from 2018–19 to 2019–20, for service delivery and assessments under the CHSP.

This will provide continuity of essential support services to approximately 900,000 older Australians to help them continue living at home and in their communities.

This measure will also provide funding certainty to more than 1,600 CHSP service providers, enabling them to plan and make business decisions beyond June 2018.

Who will benefit?

This measure will benefit consumers receiving home support, and their carers, by providing continuity of essential services such as transport, meals, domestic assistance, personal care, nursing and allied health and respite services.

This measure will also provide funding certainty for CHSP service providers, including tens of thousands of volunteers, and the assessment workforce.

How much will this cost?

Nil financial impact. $5.5 billion has been provisioned for by the government.

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