Responsibilities of Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) providers
If you provide government-subsidised CHSP services, you have certain responsibilities. You must do things like meet quality standards, comply with the Charter of Aged Care Rights, undertake performance reporting, use a wellness approach, manage care plans and comply with the grant agreement.
All CHSP providers have responsibilities under their grant agreements. See the CHSP Manual for detailed information about each of these.
Your grant agreement is a legally binding document. You must meet all the grant requirements.
You must give all CHSP clients a copy of the Charter of Aged Care Rights.
See the CHSP Manual for details of how to do this and what records you need to keep.
Provide funded service types
See Delivering services under the CHSP for information about what type of services you can provide.
Chapter 3 of the CHSP Manual has detailed descriptions of each approved service type.
Provide timely services
If you accept a referral, do not add the person to a waitlist. Only accept a referral if you can provide the service in a timely way.
You must meet the Aged Care Quality Standards. You only have to meet the ones that are relevant to your services.
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission will do a site visit for a quality review of your services.
The CHSP Manual sets out the service delivery principles, including:
- getting client consent
- involving clients in setting their own goals
- giving choice and flexibility
- setting agreed timelines and review dates
- setting client contributions (fees) before delivering any services
Take a wellness approach to services
When providing CHSP services, you must use a wellness, reablement or restorative care approach. This means:
- moving from ‘doing for’ a person to ‘doing with’ them, not taking over tasks that they can do for themselves
- building on what people can do, rather than focusing on what they can’t do
- helping people regain confidence and independence so they don’t need ongoing services
You must report to us about how you are doing this.
Work with other agencies and services
You must develop local networks with other service providers. This helps your clients to access services when they need them, even if your service is fully booked.
You must make sure your staff are trained for the services they are delivering. Check the service listings in the CHSP Manual for any required staff qualifications for specific service types.
You must also make sure your staff have police checks. See the CHSP Manual for more details.
Agreements and plans
- use the grant money in line with the grant agreement
- follow the home support plan supplied by the Regional Assessment Service
- create a client care plan for every person receiving care
- create an Activity Continuity Plan
You must review client care plans either:
- every 12 months
- by the scheduled review date, for time-limited services
There are rules about what you can and cannot use funding for. Details of your funding and services are in your Activity Work Plan.
Fees and charges
You must have a client contribution policy in place that aligns with the program principles. For details, see Charging for the CHSP.
Your fees and charges must be available to the public. You need to discuss them with your clients before starting services.
You should keep track of contributions to make sure clients do not experience financial hardship.
Your provider reporting responsibilities are outlined in your Activity Work Plan. These include reporting on performance, wellness and reablement and financial reports.
See Managing the CHSP for more details.