Find out the latest in Support at Home Program design

Starting from July 2023, a single Support at Home Program will replace all help at home programs.

The Support at Home Program will replace:

  • Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)
  • Home Care Packages Program
  • Short-Term Restorative Care Programme
  • Residential respite referrals.

This program is a key reform planned for the Australian aged care sector in the coming years.

What do I need to know?

A summary document that compares the proposed Support at Home Program with existing programs is now available for you to read.

Older Australians, their families, and carers are encouraged to read the summary document, which compares current in-home aged care programs with the Support at Home Program.

A Support at Home Program Overview paper is also available to read and provides more detail.

The Support at Home Program Overview paper outlines what the program design could look like, including:

  • the assessment process
  • available services
  • costs and fees
  • how people will manage their services
  • support options for special groups, such as people living in regional, rural and remote areas, and those that have unique aged care needs.

Help design the Support at Home Program

The department will be consulting on aspects of the Support at Home Program design in 2022.

There are opportunities for older Australians who receive government-funded aged care, and their families and carers, to give feedback on the Support at Home Program design.

If you would like to get involved in this and other aged care reform engagement activities, sign up on the Department of Health’s Ageing and Aged Care Engagement Hub.

More information

To learn more about the changes planned for help at home visit the Department of Health’s website

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