The Australian Government subsidises both Commonwealth Home Support Packages and Home Care Packages and publishes information about those costs.

However, if you can afford to, you are expected to contribute to the cost of your care.

This web page notes that there is a fee for each service delivered under the CHSP and the amount you contribute depends on your income and the type and number of services you require.

You and your service provider will discuss and agree on the rate before you receive any services. Contact your service provider to find out specific costs.

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Have you or someone for whom you care applied for either – or both – a Commonwealth Home Support Package or a Home Care Package? What were your experiences with this process? How long was the wait for the package to begin? What support was the person needing care while they waited for their package? Was the support given sufficient to sustain the person in their home? Did family, friends or neighbours play a role in this person’s care at any point? Did the person remain at home?

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