Australia’s aged care scene is getting a heartfelt upgrade with the upcoming Support at Home program, set to roll out in two thoughtful stages. The first wave has already started back on December 1, 2023.

Fast forward to July 1, 2025, and we’ll be waving goodbye to the familiar Home Care Packages Program (HCP) and Short-Term Restorative Care Programme (STRC). In their place, the Support at Home program will take centre stage, marking a big change. The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) will be making its own transition, but not until at least July 1, 2027.

The mission behind Support at Home is pretty special—it’s all about making sure our seniors can easily access services, equipment, and home tweaks that keep them feeling healthy, active, and connected to their communities.

Now, let’s talk about how the Australian Government is making this happen. They’ve brought in the pros, like the Independent Health and Aged Care Pricing Authority (IHACPA), to figure out fair prices for in-home aged care. There’s also a study going on to create a list of assistive technology and home mods. Plus, they’re trying out an assistive technology loans program with the help of states and territories.

And that’s not all—the government is diving deep into understanding the needs of those who require higher levels of in-home aged care. They’re studying ways to provide personalised support so people can keep their independence in their homes for as long as possible.

If you want to know more or have questions, you can reach out to My Aged Care at 1800 200 422 or visit : https://www.health.gov.au/news/new-support-at-home-program-to-be-rolled-out-in-2-stages