About the Commonwealth Continuity of Support Programme
The Continuity of Support (CoS) Programme provides continuity of support to older people with disability who are receiving state-managed specialist disability services at the time of implementation of the CoS Programme but are not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Changes to the Continuity of Support Programme (CoS)
From 1 July 2021, the Disability Support for Older Australians (DSOA) Program will replace CoS.
Around 3,600 older Australians receive support under the CoS Programme. Like CoS, DSOA is a closed program.
The DSOA Program will offer a more client-centred approach for these older Australians. Clients will have greater visibility and choice when it comes to the support they receive, including as their needs change.
Both clients and support providers will benefit from funding that is more in line with the NDIS prices under the DSOA Program.
Disability Support for Older Australians Portal
A new online system will make it easier to meet the DSOA Program’s reporting requirements for service providers. It will give service providers information about the status of their applications and contracts, and make it easier to communicate with us.
Get access to the DSOA portal
Please note that you will be automatically logged out if you have been inactive for 15 minutes. The portal will also work best on a Windows PC, using the latest version of Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.
What is the CoS Programme?
The CoS Programme was established to meet a Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) commitment. This was to provide continuity of support to older people with disability who are currently receiving state-managed specialist disability services but who are not eligible for the NDIS.
At full transition CoS will support up to 5,500 older Australians.
If you’re an older Australian receiving services, or about to receive services, under the CoS Programme, you can view the CoS Client Handbook (PDF, 769 KB) on the My Aged Care website.
Who is eligible?
A person with disability who is:
- 65 years and over when the NDIS commences implementation in their region and has not been assessed as eligible for the NDIS under the National Disability Insurance (Becoming a Participant) Rules 2016, or
- an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person aged 50 to 64 years at the time the NDIS commences implementation in their region and has been assessed as not eligible for the NDIS, and
- an existing client of state-managed specialist disability services at the time the CoS Programme commences in their region.
If at any time a person’s circumstances change and they become eligible for the NDIS, they can leave the CoS Programme.
What services does the CoS Programme provide?
CoS provides funding for the following services:
- accommodation support
- community support
- community access
- respite care
- Individual Support Packages (ISP)
How does the CoS Programme work?
The CoS Programme will fund equivalent care and services that support older people to achieve similar outcomes to those they were achieving before transition.
This means that CoS clients will, at the time they transition:
- receive the same services from the same service provider
- pay the same amount for the services
If a provider decides to stop their services, they must give us 3 months’ notice, and we will try to find another provider to deliver similar services.
When the NDIS rollout is complete in your state, we will stop accepting new people into the CoS program.
Where is the CoS Programme available?
The CoS Programme will be available in all states and territories by end of June 2020.
Eligible people in Western Australia receiving disability services don’t need to do anything. They will be moved to the CoS Programme when it becomes available.
What does the CoS Programme cost?
Clients will continue to pay the same fees they were paying before moving to the CoS Programme. After moving to CoS providers may increase these yearly in line with the Consumer Price Index.
Who is involved in managing the CoS Programme?
The CoS Programme was developed in consultation with the states and territories.
The Department of Health manages and develops policy for the CoS Programme. We also enter into funding agreements with service providers to deliver CoS Programme services to clients.