Commonwealth home support program

Commonwealth Home Support Programme

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) is a government program providing support for older people requiring assistance to keep living independently at home.

What is the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)?

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) is a government program providing support for older Australians requiring assistance to keep living independently at home and in their own community. Completing everyday tasks can become more difficult as you age. This does not mean that you have to move out of your own home though. You may just require some in home support to allow you to live independently with more confidence. The Commonwealth Home Support Programme helps senior Australians access entry-level support services to live safely at home. Rather than doing things for you, the aim of the CHSP is to work with you to maintain your independence.

To be eligible for this program, you must be aged:

  • 65 or over (50 or over for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people), or
  • 50 years or older (45 years or older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) and on a low income, homeless, or at risk of being homeless.

How much does the Commonwealth Home Support Programme cost?

The cost of the CHSP will be dependent on how many tasks you require help with. The following tables details the fees applied to customers receiving services through the CHSP with Southcare.

Support services (Monday - Friday)Unit of servicePrice
Personal carePer hour$8.00
Domestic assistancePer hour$8.00
Individual social supportPer hour$8.00
GardeningPer hour$8.00
Home maintenance (gardening)Per hour$8.00
Home modificationsPer hour$8.00
Meal preparationPer hour$8.00
Social centreUnit of servicePrice
In-centre attendancePer visit$8.00
OutingPer visit$5.00
Individual program (singing, exercise class)Per visit$8.00
Meal in-centrePer meal$8.00
TransportOne way trip$2.50
TransportUnit of servicePrice
Up to 10 kmsOne way trip$5.00
11-30 kmsOne way trip$8.00
30-60 kmsOne way trip$10.00
61-99kmsOne way trip$15.00
Personal careUnit of servicePrice
SaturdayPer hour$11.00
SundayPer hour$13.00
Public holidayPer hour$16.00

Please note non-essential services are not provided on weekends or public holidays. Essential services are personal care services. Support services are charged at a minimum of 0.5 hours and then 15-minute increments thereafter. Prices exclude GST which is not payable on co-contributions for Home and Community Care and Commonwealth Home Support Program services.

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