The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) helps senior Australians access entry-level support services to live independently and safely at home.

CHSP works with you to maintain your independence rather than doing things for you. 

Eligibility for this program is based on your support needs and age. 

If you’re having trouble with everyday tasks and feel that a little support could improve your health and wellbeing, CHSP could be right for you.

To be eligible for this program, you must be aged:

  • 65 years or older (50 years or older for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people), or
  • 50 years or older (45 years or older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) and on a low income, homeless, or at risk of being homeless.
Services that keep me well and independent
Meals and other food services Pre-made meals and help with food preparation
Personal care Help with showering, self-care, hygiene and grooming
Nursing Help with medicines, telehealth support


Services that keep me safe in my home
Domestic assistance Help with basic chores around the house
Home maintenance Help with keeping your home and garden safe
Home modifications Changes to your home to improve safety and access e.g. ramps and rails


Services that keep me connected with my community
Transport Community transport or vouchers to attend appointments or activities
Social support Contact and company with others e.g. social groups


How much will it cost me?

If you are eligible, you’re expected to contribute to the cost of your care. The cost depends on the type of support and the provider. 


How long will it take to get some help at home? 

First you will need to be assessed. After that it will depend on the availability of service providers in your area to offer the service you need.


If you would like more information, please contact Barcaldine Regional Council Community Care Services / NDIS.

Click here for contact details


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