Funded by the Australian Government, the Commonwealth Home Support Programme provides a range of entry-level aged care services for older people who need assistance to keep living independently at home and in their community.

If you are generally able to manage but just need some help with daily tasks to continue living at home, Commonwealth Home Support Programme services may be right for you. These services might also be suitable if you have had a setback and need support for just a short period of time to help you get back on your feet.

The aim of the program is to help older people live as independently as possible — with a focus on working with you, rather than doing for you.
It is about building on your strengths and abilities to help you remain living independently and safely at home.

The program is for people aged 65 years and over (50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people).

The program also includes support services for prematurely aged people on a low income who are 50 years or over (45 years or over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) and are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Cottage Respite

Bayside Cottage is located at Thornlands in Queensland on a beautiful 2 acre property and is a unique home away from home. It offers four spacious bedrooms, in-home laundry service, air conditioning, outdoor sitting area, a pool, home cooked meals prepared on site and 24 hour staffing. Regular outings for our guests include lunch at local venues, picnics and other social activities.

Our Respite Cottage is located in Ballina in a central location. It offers 3 bedrooms, in-home laundry service, air conditioning, outdoor sitting area, home cooked meals prepared on site and 24 hour staffing. Regular outings for our guests include lunch at local venues, picnics and other social activities.

Flexible Respite (QLD & NSW)

Flexible Respite supports older persons aged 65 years or older, 50 years and older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons to remain living in their own homes independently, for as long as possible. Services are delivered to embrace and maintain independence and support carers by assisting with personal care, cooking and cleaning, whilst offering individual goal setting, choice and decision making opportunities which are client centred and responsive to individual needs.

Centre Based Respite (NSW)

Centre Based programs provide assistance for customers to attend/participate in group activities in a Centre based setting, including excursions and activities outside of the centre. The service provides valuable social supports to people living with a dementia or are frail aged. The service also provides transport and meals according to dietary requirements. Our Centre Based program aims to provide customers and their carer’s with a holistic approach, incorporating the social, physical and physiological needs of all individuals.

Social Support group (NSW)

Social Support group provides assistance to customers through structured activities in a group setting. The programs are flexible and responsive to the individuals needs and provide an environment that encourages and supports the maintenance of daily living skills and opportunities for social interaction, it also gives carers a break.

Social Support Individual (NSW)

Social Support Individual assists older customers to participate in community life and everyday activities. To maintain independence, customers are supported in activities such as bill paying, accompanied shopping and attendance at appointments.

Supported by the Australian Government Department of Health. Although funding for these services has been provided by the Australian Government, the material contained herein does not necessarily represent the views or policies of the Australian Government.

Home Care Packages (QLD & NSW)

A Home Care Package helps you live independently in your own home with a package of care, services and case management to meet your personal needs. You have flexibility and choice in choosing a home care provider. CPL operates in Northern Rivers NSW, Gold Coast/Tweed Heads and Brisbane South/Logan areas.

There are four different levels of support:

  • Home Care Level 1 – to support people with basic care needs
  • Home Care Level 2 – to support people with low level care needs
  • Home Care Level 3 – to support people with intermediate care needs
  • Home Care Level 4 – to support people with high care needs

Home Care Package services can include a wide range of services such as:
•    Personal Care at Home
•    Help at Home (cleaning, basic gardening, laundry)
•    Supporting Independence at Home (social activities, shopping, outings) 
•    Just Jobs at Home (external cleaning, rubbish removal, lawn care, gardening, furniture removal, maintenance)
•    Transport at Home (transport services)
•    Allied Health & Nursing at Home
•    Home Away from Home (Short term breaks)

Eligibility and Assessment 

To find out if you are eligible for a Home Care Package, contact My Aged Care who will refer you to the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) to complete an in-home assessment to determine your eligibility and which Level home care package best suits your individual needs.