Aged and Community Care
Home and Community Care
The Home and Community Care (HACC) Program is a central element of the Australian Government's aged care policy, providing community care services to frail aged and younger people with disabilities, and their carers.
To find out about services in your area phone 1800 200 422The services provided under the Commonwealth HACC Program include:
- nursing care
- allied health services like podiatry, physiotherapy and speech pathology
- domestic assistance, including help with cleaning, washing and shopping
- personal care, such as help with bathing, dressing, grooming and eating
- social support
- home maintenance
- home modifications
- assistance with food preparation in the home
- delivery of meals
- assessment, client care coordination and case management
- counselling, information and advocacy services
- centre-based day care
- support for carers including respite services
Who can access Commonwealth HACC services?Commonwealth HACC services are available to people:
- aged 65 years and over (or 50 and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people),
- in all states and territories (except Victoria and Western Australia),
- who are at risk of premature or inappropriate admission to long term residential care,
- carers of older Australians eligible for services under the Commonwealth HACC Program.
The HACC reformsThe Commonwealth HACC Program came into effect on 1 July 2012. Under the new program, the Australian Government has taken full funding, policy and operational responsibility for HACC services for older people in all states and territories (except Victoria and Western Australia). The state and territory governments will continue to fund and administer HACC services for people under the age of 65 or under 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Previously the HACC program was jointly funded by the Australian Government and the state and territory governments. The state and territory governments were responsible for managing the program while the Australian Government maintained a broad strategic role.
The changes to HACC do not apply to Western Australian and Victoria. In these states, basic community care services will continue to be delivered under a program funded by both the Australian Government and the state government. Day to day administration of the program in these states is a state government responsibility.
Contact details for information about HACC services in Victoria and Western Australia are as follows:
VictoriaTelephone: 1300 253 942
Western AustraliaTelephone: (08) 9222 4222
Email: HACC WA
Benefits of the new HACC arrangementsThe introduction of the Commonwealth HACC Program will enable the development of a consistent aged care system covering basic care at home through to high level care in aged care homes. Older people will be able to move seamlessly from basic maintenance, support and care services through to more complex care packages or residential care as their needs change.
The changes to HACC will also make it clearer which level of government is responsible for services for different consumers. This should make it easier for people to find information about the HACC services that are relevant to them.
Commonwealth HACC Program Grants ReportReports on the Commonwealth HACC Program Grants can be found on the Grants Reporting page.
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