A home care package provides coordinated care and services to help you to live independently at home.
There are four levels of support, ranging from ‘basic’ to ‘high-level’ care needs.
The total amount of the home care package is made up of what
the Australian Government pays
you may need to pay (basic daily and income-tested care fees).
Home care packages can be used to purchase a range of care and services, including personal care (such as showering), support services (such as cleaning or meal preparation), nursing services and allied health (such as physiotherapy). There are rules on what can and can’t be purchased using package funds.
You have to choose a service provider to manage your home care package. You can also work with a provider to self-manage. Self-management enables you to play a more active role in your aged care. Your provider remains responsible for meeting legislated requirements.
Understanding home care packages webinar
This OPAN webinar explains home care packages, costs and how to make the most of your home care. Click on the ‘CC’ button to turn on captions and the 'V' icon for full screen.
Documents and external links
Learn more about home care packages. These documents and websites offer help, strategies, and practical information. Brief descriptions are provided for each document or link.
Your guide to Home Care Package services
Download the My Aged Care guide to the four levels of consumer directed Home Care Package services.
Home Care Packages Program Inclusions and Exclusions – FAQs
Read this Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet from the Department of Health and Aged Care. It provides clarification to older people and providers on what is included and excluded under home care packages.
National Priority System for the Home care packages Program fact sheet
The National Priority System for Home Care Packages started on 27 February 2017. It allows for the fairer allocation of packages to people based on their needs and circumstances, no matter where they live.