Webinar – CHSP Extension

On 17 November 2021, an interactive webinar was held for Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) providers to talk about the aged care reforms including the extension of the CHSP funding from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023. This webinar was presented by Nick Hartland, First Assistant Secretary, Home and Residential, Russell Herald, Assistant Secretary, Home Support Operations, and Nick Morgan, Assistant Secretary, Support at Home Reform. The webinar discussed arrangements in administration and finances, timeframes and available transition supports, and how this will help providers for the new program beyond the extension period.

Watch webinar

CHSP Respite Funding Boost from January 2022 

From January 2022, the Commonwealth government will provide funding to boost the existing respite funding for centre-based respite and flexible respite services. These will be split amongst eligible existing CHSP respite funded providers. More information will be emailed to eligible providers. For any questions, contact HomeSupportPolicy@health.gov.au.

Grant Opportunities to Support Workforce Vaccination

There are two grants available to support providers in getting their workforce vaccinated.

The first is the Home Care Packages Program COVID-19 Vaccination Support (GO5216), aimed at providing additional support to Home Care Package (HCP) providers to increase vaccinations in their workforce. The amount of funding granted is dependent on the number of care recipients receiving services with the provider. Applications close at 2.00pm on 28 January 2022.

The second is the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) – Emergency Support for COVID-19 (GO3877), offering emergency funds to cover the costs of supporting staff to get vaccinated. This can include things like leave taken, transport to and from a clinic, any costs attached to collecting and reporting the vaccination status of the workers, and so on. Applications close at 2.00pm on 30 June 2022.

Apply for Home Care Packages Program COVID-19 Vaccination Support Grant Opportunity (GO5216)
Apply for Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) – Emergency Support for COVID-19 (GO3877)

Get Involved: Current Surveys and EOIs Available

The Department of Health has several activities available on their Engagement Hub for people to participate in, to help deliver the aged care reforms. Activities include quality indicators for in-home aged care and residential aged care (closing at 5.00pm on 10 December 2021), as well as new residential aged care design standards (closing at 5.00pm on 17 December 2021).

Visit the Ageing and Aged Care Engagement Hub

Review into COVID 19 Outbreaks in Aged Care

An independent review was conducted into the outbreaks of COVID-19 in Australian residential aged care facilities (RACFs). Commissioned by the Department of Health and prepared by Professor Lyn Gilbert and Adjunct Professor Alan Lilly, this independent analysis aimed to build on COVID-19 literature, improve RACF responses to future outbreaks, and advise Government on how best to approach future outbreaks. There were 38 recommendations, all of which were accepted by Government.

Independent review of COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian Residential Aged Care Facilities
Response to the independent review of COVID-19 outbreaks in Australian Residential Aged Care Facilities

Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) Recommends National Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination for In-Home and Community Aged Care Workers

The AHPPC has recommended that vaccinations be a national mandatory requirement for in-home and community aged care workers, in a similar approach as the mandatory vaccination of residential aged car workers. The scope for this includes: all Commonwealth- funded providers delivering in-home and community aged care services, such as Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP), National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program home care services, Transition Care Program, among others. There can also be some medical or temporary exemptions to this. The AHPPC also recommends that the first dose be administered by 30 November 2021 and the second dose by 31 December 2021.

Read the full statement

Workforce Vaccination Rates for In-Home Aged Care Providers is Now Reported Publicly

Starting on 17 November 2021, workforce vaccination data reported by all in-home aged care providers via My Aged Care is now publicly available on the Department of Health’s website. This information will be displayed in the form of percentages of workers having had one dose, and of those having had two doses. The data will be updated weekly and available as a downloadable Excel spreadsheet. Public reporting on residential aged care workforce vaccination data is already available on the Department of Health’s website.

More information
Quick Reference Guide on how to view, add and update COVID-19 vaccination data

Aged Care Navigator Trials Extended

The Aged Care Navigator Trials have been extended until 31 December 2022. COTA Australia manages the delivery of the trials by 22 partners. These navigator trials have helped users to navigate the aged care system. Visit www.agedcarenavigators.org.au or call 1300 268 228 to find local navigators.