On 28 February 2020, the Government announced Phase 1 of the improvements to payment administration arrangements for home care packages (payment in arrears) would start on 1 June 2020.
On 27 March 2020, the Government announced the implementation of improvements to payment administration arrangements for home care packages would be placed on hold. This is due to the current situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) and the key role of the aged care sector to help combat this virus and support older Australians.
Consultations with the home care sector will help determine when implementation will recommence.
In the meantime, the current advance and claim payment cycle with Services Australia will continue.
Further information about the measure is available on the department's website.