Home Care

Commonwealth HACC Program

The Commonwealth HACC Program provides services that support older people to stay at home and be more independent in the community.
The services provided under the Commonwealth HACC Program include:
  • nursing care
  • allied health services like podiatry, physiotherapy and speech pathology
  • domestic assistance, including help with cleaning, washing and shopping
  • personal care, such as help with bathing, dressing, grooming and eating
  • social support
  • home maintenance
  • home modifications
  • assistance with food preparation in the home
  • delivery of meals
  • transport
  • assessment, client care coordination and case management
  • counselling, information and advocacy services
  • centre-based day care
  • support for carers including respite services
To find out about services in your area phone 1800 200 422

Who can access Commonwealth HACC services?

Commonwealth HACC services are available to people:
  • aged 65 years and over (or 50 and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people),
  • in all states and territories (except Victoria and Western Australia),
  • who are at risk of premature or inappropriate admission to long term residential care,
    and
  • carers of older Australians eligible for services under the Commonwealth HACC Program.

The HACC reforms

The Commonwealth HACC Program came into effect on 1 July 2012. Under the new program, the Australian Government has taken full funding, policy and operational responsibility for HACC services for older people in all states and territories (except Victoria and Western Australia). The state and territory governments will continue to fund and administer HACC services for people under the age of 65 or under 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Previously the HACC program was jointly funded by the Australian Government and the state and territory governments. The state and territory governments were responsible for managing the program while the Australian Government maintained a broad strategic role.

Benefits of the new HACC arrangements

The introduction of the Commonwealth HACC Program will enable the development of a consistent aged care system covering basic care at home through to high level care in aged care homes. Older people will be able to move seamlessly from basic maintenance, support and care services through to more complex care packages or residential care as their needs change.

The changes to HACC will also make it clearer which level of government is responsible for services for different consumers. This should make it easier for people to find information about the HACC services that are relevant to them.