As you get older, everyday tasks can become more difficult. Even though you need help, you may still want to live at home. Asking for help doesn’t mean losing your independence or moving out of home.

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) helps older Australians access entry-level support services to live independently and safely at home.

CHSP works with you to maintain your independence rather than doing things for you. 

Is CHSP right for me?

Eligibility for this program is based on your support needs and age. 

If you’re having trouble with everyday tasks and feel that a little support could improve your health and wellbeing, CHSP could be right for you.

To be eligible for this program, you must be aged:

  • 65 years or older (50 years or older for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people), or
  • 50 years or older (45 years or older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people), on a low income and homeless, or at risk of being homeless.

An aged care assessment will determine your eligibility for the CHSP, including specific services. 

Older man with cup of tea

How do I get an assessment?

You must meet certain requirements to be eligible for an aged care assessment.

Answer a few simple questions in our eligibility checker tool. If you meet the requirements, you can apply for an assessment straight away.

If your application is successful, you will be referred for an assessment. An assessor will arrange to meet you in person, usually at your own home.

Check your eligibility

Note: If your needs are more complex, a Home Care Package could be better suited to you.

What services can I get through CHSP?

Homelessness support is also available for older people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless as they get older. This includes providing links to housing and care services.

Who provides the services?

To make sure you can access the help you need at an affordable price, the government subsidises a variety of organisations across Australia. These organisations are called service providers. They deliver care and services to you at a subsidised price.

To find out what services are available near you, use our Find a provider tool.

How much will it cost me?

If you are eligible, you’re expected to contribute to the cost of your care if you can afford to. The cost depends on the type of support and the provider. Simple services like house cleaning and meals might cost a few dollars. More complex services like renovation work will cost much more.

Each provider sets their own prices. You’ll need to talk to them to get exact costs. You can find CHSP service providers using the Find a provider tool.

Read more about how CHSP service costs work.

How long will it take to get some help at home? 

First you will need to be assessed. After that it will depend on the availability of service providers in your area to offer the service you need.