Government ploughs $112.1M into Commonwealth Home Support Program

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Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Senator Richard Colbeck, has announced a $112.1 million investment to strengthen the delivery of entry-level aged care services through the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).

Minister Colbeck said in a statement that the money will provide better access to a range of high demand care services, including meals, transport, social support, respite, gardening and cleaning for older Australians, their families and carers.

“The Morrison Government is committed to supporting senior Australians to remain living safely and independently in their own homes and communities for as long as they can and wish to do so,” he said.

Funding will be made available over two years to 141 successful applicants who applied through the CHSP Targeted Growth Funding Round 2020-21 and 2021-22.

This could be the last time that funds are granted however.

The money comes on top of the $17.7 billion in funding over the next four years announced in the recent Federal Budget in response to the Royal Commission Final Report.

Rolling the CHSP and the Home Care Packages (HCP) program is one of the measures being funded with a new single in-home care program to be in place by 2023 – 18 months away.