Important government updates for the Aged Care Sector

We’re sharing some positive news: the Australian Government has identified the need for further improvements to Aged Care and has committed an additional $632.6 million to the sector.

$34.4 million of these funds will be allocated to expand the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS). The program will support more volunteers to provide companionship to older Australians, and increase the number of CVS volunteers by 4,348 places, bringing the total number to 17,811. This commitment is in response to a recommendation by the Royal Commission into Aged Care. HammondCare has an active Volunteer program to support our clients – if you would like to find out more, please speak to your Care Manager.

Another change we’re sharing is that from July 2023 there’ll be another Government subsidised service available, the Support At Home program. This service will eventually replace the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) and Home Care Packages program.

This change was also recommended by the Royal Commission into Aged Care, and is more suited for addressing your individual care needs. The new program will be less complicated and confusing to navigate for clients, their loved ones and their families.

Participants in the new program will receive individualised service approvals based on their personal circumstances, instead of being placed in one of the four broad home care package levels. Assessments would also focus on independence for older Australians, so they can stay in their homes for longer.

There will also be access to a new budget for goods, equipment, technology and home modifications to assist with living safely and independently. Clients won’t have to ‘save up’ package funds for these purchases.

We’ll keep you updated with further information about these new changes.

Read more about the funding announcement