The upcoming Support at Home program set to replace existing aged care support systems, will be implemented in two stages to reduce service disruption for older people.
From July 2025, Support at Home will supersede the current Home Care Packages (HCP) program and Short-Term Restorative Care scheme.
However, the transition of the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) – delivering basic at-home assistance enabling independent living – will be delayed until at least July 2027.
The staged approach aims to give CHSP providers sufficient time to overhaul operations and adjust to new funding arrangements under Support at Home.
According to Minister for Aged Care Anika Wells, “I have listened to CHSP providers who have advocated for more time to prepare for reforms to ensure they can transition their operations and clients smoothly.”
“We will continue to work with in-home aged care providers to deliver a Support at Home program that will simplify and improve access to services for older people,” she added.
The reshaped in-home care scheme promises expanded support services, equipment and home modifications to keep seniors healthy, engaged and connected within their communities.
The Department of Health will continue consulting Home Care Package and short-term care providers well ahead of 2025 to smooth their shift towards a consolidated Support at Home system.