The Home Care Package programme is designed to help people continue living at home independently and safely. The goal is to provide the care and support you need in your own home so you can stay there comfortably.
When you receive a Home Care Package, the government allocates funds for your care which are paid to the service provider of your choice.
Consumer Directed Care
All service providers should plan your care around you and your lifestyle goals and preferences. This is called 'Consumer Directed Care' and it's central to everything we do.
You need to have your eligibility assessed by the Aged Care Assessment Service and they will determine your package level.
There are a limited number of Home Care Packages available at any given time. Once you have been approved, there may still be a waiting list.
You may need to pay a part of your total funding amount, including a Basic Daily Fee (which we choose to waive) and an Income Tested Fee if your income is over a certain amount.
Choosing your provider
You can choose the care provider you want and change providers any time. It's important to consider your options and choose a provider you trust.
Providers can charge fees for administration and management of your Home Care Package. Make sure you understand and compare the fees each provider will charges to your package.
|Funding level||Care needs||Approximate funding amount|
|Level 1||Basic care needs||$8,000|
|Level 2||Low-level care needs||$14,000|
|Level 3||Intermediate care needs||$34,000|
|Level 4||High-level care needs||$49,000|
How do I know if I'm eligible?
You will need to have an independent assessment with the Aged Care Assessment Service. This is a government requirement and we cannot make the assessment ourselves. Find out more about your eligibility below.
Keep in mind:
- Your unique circumstances will be considered
- Older people who require support to stay at home may be eligible
- Younger people with disabilities or special needs may be eligible
Find out more about Home Care Packages
If you need more information about Home Care Packages, download our information pack. It has all the details you need to understand the process and get started.
13 November 2017
Care providers can choose the fees they charge, and we keep ours low, so you get good value for money. Here's what you need to know about Package fees and choosing your provider.