The Home Care Packages Programme (Programme) was introduced on 1 August 2013. This included converting existing Community Packaged Care places (CACP, EACH and EACHD) to Home Care Package places and provided that all new allocations of places be delivered as CDC by 1 July 2015.
The current Programme has three distinct types of places based on their respective conditions of allocation:
a) converted Community Packaged Care places;
b) places delivered on a CDC basis through the trial of CDC; and
c) CDC places allocated after 1 August 2013.
Each type of place has different conditions of allocation; however, all places will be delivered on a CDC basis from 1 July 2015 under a single set of conditions of allocation. The conditions of allocation for CDC Programmes are to replace any standard funding agreement between the Department and a provider.
The terms of the conditions of allocation for providers of home care usually reflect the relevant provisions of the Act and the intentions of the Department of Social Services (Department) to provide greater choice and control to consumers of Programmes as to their care and services.
All home care places allocated after 1 August 2013 are allocated on a CDC basis and all places allocated on a non-CDC basis pre 1 August 2013 will be converted to CDC by 1 July 2015.