Home and Community Care Bilateral agreement between Commonwealth and Victorian Government

Posted by Sharyn Rognrust, Category: Aged Care, Health Reform, Home & Community Care (HACC),

The Victorian and Commonwealth Governments recently signed the agreement on transitioning responsibilities for aged care and disability services in Victoria. This agreement includes the transfer of HACC services for people aged 65 and over (50 and over for indigenous people) to the Commonwealth for funding and management from 1 July 2016.

Refer to letter from Jane Herington, Director Ageing and Aged Care, about the agreement.

Two Fact Sheets have also been developed:

Fact sheet 1 – Information for funded organisations

Fact sheet 2 – Information for people who receive HACC services and their carers (useful if you receive questions from your clients)

Mary Benson, Acting Regional Director , North Metro Health West Metro Health communicated that the main objective of both governments is a smooth transition for both you as a service provider and your clients and carers. Also that, we will work closely with you over the period to 1 July 2016 on agreeing and transferring those services you provide for older people to a Commonwealth Department of Social Services funding agreement and transition arrangements more generally.

It is recommended that you contact your Program and Service Adviser if you wish to discuss the process or to seek further clarification.