This audit would assess the effectiveness of the Department of Health and Aged Care’s administration of grants under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

The CHSP is an Australian Government program that helps older people to live independently in their homes and communities. It also provides respite services to give carers a break. Under the CHSP, non-government service providers receive Australian Government funding through grant agreements to deliver in-home care and services to older people. There are around 1400 CHSP providers in Australia, mainly (68 per cent) not-for-profit providers. The Australian Government also funds non-government organisations (Regional Assessment Services) to assess what support each older person needs. During 2022–23, funding arrangements for CHSP providers have been altered as part of reforms to in-home aged care that aim to set efficient prices for service delivery and provide guidance on reasonable client contribution rates.

The audit would consider compliance against the Commonwealth Grants Rules and Guidelines across the life cycle of CHSP grants administration.

Work program portfolio

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