This audit would assess the effectiveness of the Department of Health’s development, implementation and monitoring of the Home Care Packages Program.

The Home Care Packages Program aims to support older people to keep living in their own home by providing access to a range of personal support and clinical care services. In 2017–18, there were 99,932 home care packages allocated to older people through a national prioritisation system at a cost of $2 billion. The 2018–19 Budget included $1.6 billion over four years for an additional 14,000 high-level home care packages for those who choose to live in their home but need extra support.

The audit would complement inquiries being made by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, which is primarily looking at the quality of care provided to older Australians, and to young people with disabilities living in residential aged care.