Aged Care Roadmap just released

In April 2015, the Australian Government tasked the Aged Care Sector Committee with developing a roadmap that sets out future reform directions for aged care.  This Roadmap has just been released and it outlines the Committee's views on "what is required to realise a sustainable, consumer-led aged care market, where consumers have increased choice and control of what care and support they receive as well as where, how and when they receive it" (page 2).  It identifies 9 key domains for further action including:

  • How do consumers prepare for and engage with their aged care?
  • How are eligibility and care needs assessed?
  • How are consumers with different needs supported?
  • How do we make dementia core business throughout the system?
  • What care is available?
  • Who provides care?
  • Who pays?
  • How will the formal and informal workforce be supported?
  • How will quality be achieved? 

To access the Roadmap click here.

Transition Assistance Program funding for NDIS

Just in case you have missed it, ADHC funded disability support providers that currently deliver services in the Hawkesbury, Blue Mountains, Wollondilly and Wingecarribee LGAs and other regional and remote areas in NSW can apply for Transition Assistance Program (TAP) funding.  To be eligible, organisations must be also intending to provide supports under the NDIS and have a total annual revenue (from all sources) of less than $3 million.  Providers can apply for up to $35,000 in grant funding to be used for NDIS readiness activities.  Joint applications of up to four organisations can also apply together to receive a maximum of $140,000.  Application close on 22nd April 2016.  To find out more, see the Application Guide.

Response to DSS "Benchmarking Under the Data Exchange Framework" Discussion Paper

30 March 2016

In December 2015, the Commonwealth Department of Social Services (DSS) released a 'Benchmarking' Discussion Paper, inviting comments from relevant service providers. The paper "describes the intended collection and use of benchmarking data to help foster community awareness and innovation and to improve wellbeing for individuals, families and their communities".

Western Sydney Community Forum's Regional Development Officers (Aged & Disability) have submitted a response, on behalf of the Western Sydney/Nepean Regional Community Care Forum. The response was based on feedback received at the regional forum held on 1 March 2016, as well as those received before and after the event. Many thanks to those who participated.

The deadline to submit feedback on this paper is 1 April 2016; email response to dssdataexchange.helpdesk at Details are here.

Read "Benchmarking Under the Data Exchange Framework: WSCF Response March 2016".

New presentations in "WSCF Useful Documents and Links"

The following presentations and documents are now available in WSCF's "Useful (CHSP/CCSP) Documents and Links"


Western Sydney Regional Community Care Forum, 1 March 2016:

"Benchmarking under the Data Exchange" (DSS presentation)


Western Sydney Community Care Managers Forum, 16 March 2016:

NDIS Readiness for NSW Community Care Supports Program Providers (ADHC presentation)

ADHC Quality Framework Reporting-updates for CCSP

WSCF Aged Care Reforms updates

NDIS Update - March 2016

Please click here to access our latest NDIS Update covering highlights from various NDIS forums held in March this year.  This update is particularly relevant for ADHC-funded Community Care Supports Program providers. 


Tool Share

Tool Share provides an easy and free online method for supporting HACC / CCSP services to share useful tools and templates across the sector.

To access Tool Share click here.


WSCF is funded to support sector development in Western Sydney for two important government programs: the Commonwealth Home and Community Care (HACC) program as well as NSW Community Care Supports Program (CCSP).

Our HACC Development Officers and HACC Training Project cover the 8 Local Government Areas of Cumberland Prospect and Nepean: Auburn, Holroyd, Parramatta, Blacktown, The Hills Shire, Hawkesbury, Penrith and Blue Mountains.

The HACC program helps frail older people (with functional disability) to live independently in their own home, preventing premature or inappropriate admission to residential care. "Older people" are defined as 65 years and above (50 years old and above for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or ATSI). This program is funded and administered by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA).

The CCSP program helps younger people with functional disability to live independently in their own home, preventing premature or inappropriate admission to residential care. "Younger people" are defined as below 65 years old (below 50 years old for ATSI). CCSP is funded and administered by NSW Department of Families and Community Services- Ageing Disability and Home Care (FACS-ADHC).




Any enquiries regarding the HACC/CCSP Project can be directed to:

Louise Sutcliffe
HACC Development Officer
9689 0107
0411 644 600

Rocellita Lacsina
HACC Development Officer
9689 0105
0411 644 680