Commonwealth Home Support Programme growth funding
The Commonwealth Government will provide up to $124.4m in additional CHSP grants across the 2020-21 and 2021-22 financial years.
The funding will include an additional $32.2m per year over two years starting in financial year 2020-21 and a separate allocation of up to $60m in additional funding in 2021-22.
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Richard Colbeck said “This funding will expand access to entry-level services to more senior Australians right across Australia, now and into the future.”
Eligible providers of aged care and disability services have been invited to apply for the funding to deliver home support services under the CHSP.
The CHSP is an entry-level aged care program for frail people aged 65 years and over (or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) who need some help with daily tasks.
As part of its commitment to supporting the entry level care needs of older Australians, the Government has committed a total of $5.94b across 2020-21 and 2021-22 to fund the delivery of services through the CHSP.
Nationally, more than 1,400 organisations are funded to deliver CHSP home support services to around 840,000 seniors.
Services provided under the CHSP include domestic assistance such as help with cleaning, washing and shopping, transport, allied health services, nursing care and social support, assistance with food preparation in the home and delivery of meals, support for carers including respite services and home maintenance.
The grant opportunity GO3632 is now open and will close on 5 February 2021.
Information for eligible providers and how to apply is available at https://www.grants.gov.au/Go/Show?GoUuid=c91162bb-9f36-2781-fb6d-5abd2bd5d379
See also “About the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)” and how to access services at https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/commonwealth-home-support-programme-chsp/about-the-commonwealth-home-support-programme-chsp#who-provides-chsp-services
20 January 2021.