Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) is the entry level for Australia's aged care system for people aged 65 years and over (or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) who need assistance to keep them living independently at home and in their community. Carers of these clients will also benefit from services provided through the CHSP.

Users pay fees according to income, however the cost of services are subsidised by the Commonwealth Government and Local Council so that the services are available to all who need them.

To find out if you need an assessment and if you are eligible for help at home services, you can call My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or follow this link:

Depending on your needs, support services that you may be eligible for include:

Community and home support

  • domestic assistance – household jobs like cleaning, laundry
  • personal care – help with bathing, showering or getting dressed
  • home maintenance – minor general repairs and care of your house or garden, for example, changing light bulbs or replacing tap washers
  • home modification – minor installation of safety aids such as alarms, ramps and support rails in your home
  • nursing care – a qualified nurse to dress a wound or provide continence advice in your home
  • flexible respite – care for people so that regular carers can take a break
  • social support – social activities in a community-based group setting or in your home
  • transport – help getting people out and about for shopping or appointments.

Food services

  • providing meals at a community centre
  • helping with shopping for food
  • help with making meals and storing food in your home
  • assistance with learning to cook
  • delivering meals to your home.

Allied health support services

  • physiotherapy (exercises, mobility, strength and balance)
  • podiatry (foot care)
  • speech pathology
  • occupational therapy (help to recover or maintain your physical ability)
  • advice from a dietician (healthy eating)
  • other allied health and therapy services.

Last Updated: 06-03-2017

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