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Further expansion of CHSP Flexibility Provisions


Further expansion of CHSP Flexibility Provisions

CHSP providers have already been given full flexibility to allocate up to 100% of their existing funds in 2019‑20 and 2020‑21 between the different service types they deliver so that emerging client needs can be met.  These provisions have now been expanded to allow providers to re-allocate funding across the Aged Care Planning Regions (ACPRs) in which they operate on a time-limited basis. Any reallocation of funds between ACPRs should be done cautiously and only on the following basis:

  1. Providers must retain the ability to return to their current regional footprint post the COVID-19 crisis;

  2. Providers must not leave a service gap in an area they are operating in – ie resources may only be reallocated out of a region where there is a clear drop in the need for the service (eg group social support)

  3. Providers seeking to reallocate funds to a different region should make all efforts to ensure existing service providers in the area are not already ramping up to meet the perceived need (speak with your FAM and other providers in the area)

  4. Providers may still only allocate resources to services they are funded to deliver.

CHSP providers are only expected to use these relaxed flexibility provisions to support time limited care needs during the COVID‑19 pandemic, and funding agreements will not be amended to reflect the changed service mix.

REMINDER - Urgent action required - survey of CHSP meals providers

On 30 March 2020 the Government announced an increase in funding for CHSP meals providers of $50m ($30m in 2019‑20 and $20m in 2020‑21). On 30 March all CHSP meals providers were sent a simple survey with a single question seeking their advice on the level of additional funding required, to be completed by 2 April 2020.

Any meals providers who do not complete the survey will, by default, be offered a 50% increase in their funding over the six month period from April 2020.

Any provider who did not receive the survey should contact their Funding Agreement Manager immediately.

Unknown Author, 2020, Department of Health

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