Commonwealth Government Aged Care Reforms

The City of Stonnington has received Commonwealth Government funding to deliver the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (aged care services) to support our older residents to live independently for many years.

Aged Care Reforms

In July 2017, the Australian Government commenced aged care reforms. The roll-out of reforms was delayed by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the COVID-19 pandemic. Aged care reforms will increase competition and provide consumers with choice and control in the delivery of their aged care services.

In May 2023, the Federal Government announced it would delay reform implementation from 1 July 2024 to 1 July 2025 to provide time to refine the new Support at Home Program. The Support at Home Program will combine the Commonwealth Home Support Programme, Home Care Packages and Short-term Restorative Care.

On 28 November 2023, reform implementation was further delayed from 1 July 2025 until 1 July 2027.

Stonnington's aged care services

Up until 30 June 2024 Council is delivering the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (funded by the Commonwealth Government Department of Health for eligible clients aged 65 years and above).

This program includes:

  • domestic assistance
  • personal care
  • respite care
  • shopping from a list
  • home maintenance (including gardening and gutter cleaning)
  • delivered meals.

The Regional Assessment Service is also funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and administered by the State Government. This service assesses Stonnington residents aged 65 years and over for eligibility to access the Commonwealth Home Support Programme.

Commonwealth Government will replace the Regional Assessment Service with a new single assessment service on 1 July 2024. 

Aged Care Reform workshops

The City of Stonnington will continue to provide information to our community as it becomes available and advocating for our residents to ensure the provision of appropriate services to support ageing and wellbeing.

During March, April and May, we hosted workshops to provide up-to-date information on aged care reforms, and people had the opportunity to raise questions and discuss what's important to them.

A report on the findings of the workshops and the Ageing Well Survey, conducted online simultaneously can be viewed here(PDF, 348KB).

For further information please contact Aged Services on 03 8290 3224 or email agedanddiversity@stonnington.vic.gov.au 

Resources

Primary website for Aged Care Reforms (includes Royal Commission reports

Resources on Aged Care Reforms

Resources - Ageing and Aged Care Engagement Hub (health.gov.au)

Includes:

  • links to MAC
  • links to Aged Care Quality Standards
  • webinars on Aged Care Reforms
  • e-newsletter subscription opportunities.

Aged Care Engagement Hub

Home Page - Ageing and Aged Care Engagement Hub (health.gov.au)

Provides older people with opportunities to get involved in the Aged Care Reforms through surveys, workshops and community events.