From the 1st of July 2015, the Home and Community Care (HACC) Program was merged into the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), however the HACC program still operates in Victoria (as of July 1st 2016, the CHSP replaced HACC for new clients) and Western Australia.
Under the HACC program, you can access a wide range of basic home maintenance and in-home care services that enable you to remain living independently in your own home.
Services offered in the Home and Community Care program include:
- In-home nursing care
- Allied health services (physiotherapy, podiatry, speech pathology etc.)
- Domestic assistance (cleaning, shopping, washing etc.)
- Personal care (bathing, grooming, dressing, eating, meal preparation etc.)
- Social support
- Gardening and home maintenance
- Home modifications
- Meal delivery
- Transport to and from appointments/social outings
- Centre-based day care
- Respite care services
- Case management
You can access Home and Community Care services if you are:
- Over 65 years of age (or over 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)
- Located in Victoria or Western Australia
- If you risk early or unnecessary admission to long-term residential aged care
- A carer of older Australians eligible for services offered by the HACC program
To find out if you are eligible to receive access to Home and Community Care services, you will need to be assessed by your local ACAT/ACAS.
Click on your state below to begin your search for HACC providers in your area: