The Home and Community Care (HACC) Program provides services for frail older people, younger people with disabilities and their carers.
The program funds around 470 agencies to support nearly 300,000 people.
HACC services provide basic support and maintenance to people living at home to help avoid premature or inappropriate admission to long-term residential care. The Australian and Victorian governments jointly fund the HACC program. Local governments also make significant contributions. Fees paid by people who use HACC services also contribute to the resources available to the program.
In May 2013, the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments announced an agreement to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from July 2016. As part of this agreement, management of the HACC program will be split.
Services for older people (people aged 65 and over and 50 and over for Aboriginal people) will be directly funded and managed by the Commonwealth Government. Services for younger people (people aged under 65 and under 50 for Aboriginal people) will be funded and managed solely by the Victorian Government, until the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is in full operation.
The Commonwealth and Victorian Governments have agreed to work together to retain the benefits of Victoria’s HACC service system.