Aged Care

Commonwealth Home Support Programme


To be deemed eligible for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme, a person will need to:

  • Experience trouble doing everyday activities without help; and,
  • Need support to live independently in the community.

The person will also need to have a home support assessment. This assessment is conducted by the Regional Assessment Service (RAS) in your home.

The RAS assessor determines whether you meet the relevant eligibility criteria for the Commonwealth Home Support Programme. The criteria is based on minimum age requirements, still living at home and your capacity to perform basic activities in your daily living without the need for extra help.

Minimum age requirements typically require individuals to be either: 65 years and over; 50 years and older, and on a low income, homeless or at risk of homelessness; or, 50 years and over, and identified as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.