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1. Receive the outcome of your assessment

After you have been assessed as eligible for a home care package, follow this pathway to access and manage your services:


If you are assessed as eligible for a home care package you will:

  • receive a letter of approval from My Aged Care that sets out the level of home care package you are approved to receive
  • be placed in a national priority queue for home care packages and will be contacted when a suitable package becomes available for you.

If you don’t receive an approval letter explaining your assessment outcome, call My Aged Care and request a copy.

How long you may need to wait for a home care package

You are likely to wait between the time you are approved for care and the time you are assigned a home care package.

The length of time you will need to wait will depend on the date you were approved for home care and your needs and circumstances, based on your assessment.

You may also be assigned a home care package below the level you have been approved for. This is so you can access care and services while you wait for a package at your approved level to become available. This is called an ‘interim package’.

If you have been approved for a home care package, you can find out how long your wait is likely to be by:

OR

  • calling the My Aged Care contact centre on 1800 200 422.

Call My Aged Care if you need care while you are waiting to receive a home care package, or your care needs change. You may be eligible for other care and services.

Expected wait times

Due to the demand for home care packages, for most people, the expected wait time for approved packages is:

Approved home care
package level
Expected wait time for an
approved package
1 1-3 months
2 9-12 months
3 12+ months
4 12+ months

* Last revised 30 June 2018

Depending on your individual situation you may receive a home care package sooner than this.

The expected wait time for the level of interim package you agree to receive (while waiting for your approved level to be assigned) is:

Approved home care
package level
Agreed interim
package level
Expected wait time for
an interim package
1 N/A N/A
2 1 1-3 months
3 1 1-3 months
4 2 9-12 months

* Last revised 30 June 2018

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Once you have received the outcome of your assessment, you can start to research providers and understand the costs.

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Last reviewed: 29 June, 2018.