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Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)

on the Monday, December 6, 2021

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) is designed to help you remain living independently in your own home for as long as possible. 

From the 1st of July 2015, the Commonwealth Home Support Programme combined the:

  • Home and Community Care (HACC) Program (although the HACC program still runs in Victoria and Western Australia)
  • Planned respite from the National Respite for Carers Programme (NRCP)
  • Day Therapy Centres (DTC) Programme
  • Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme offers basic in-home care services. If your care needs are higher and more complex, you may need to consider a Home Care Package.

The types of services offered in the CHSP include:

  • Social support
  • Transport
  • Domestic assistance (cleaning & washing etc.)
  • Personal care (bathing, grooming & dressing etc.)
  • Home maintenance
  • Home modifications
  • In-home nursing care
  • Shopping & meal preparation
  • Meal delivery
  • Allied health services

To find out if you are eligible to receive the Commonwealth Home Support Program, you will need to be assessed by your local ACAT/ACAS.

The CHSP is ideal if you are:

  • Over 65 years of age (or over 50 for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people)
  • Still living at home
  • Need assistance to remain living independently

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme is funded by the Australian Government, however if your financial situation allows you may be asked to contribute towards the cost of your care.

Click on your state below to search for Commonwealth Home Support Programme providers in your area: