If you are aged under 65, or an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person aged under 50

WA Home and Community Care (HACC) services for younger people (people under 65 years or an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person aged under 50) will continue to be funded and managed by the WA Department of Health, with the majority of services and clients progressively transferring to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as it rolls out in WA between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2020.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The NDIS is the new way of providing disability support for Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability. As an insurance scheme, the NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.

For more information about accessing the NDIS and the geographic roll out of the NDIS in WA you can visit NDIS (external site).

WA Home and Community Care (HACC) Program 

If you need help to stay living at home and in your community, you may be eligible for assistance from the West Australian Home and Community Care (HACC) Program. WA HACC support is designed to assist people with the greatest need and aims to maximise people’s independence by providing a low level support of a few services.

This includes providing basic support for people:

  • to participate in social activity in a group or one-on-one 
  • with everyday household tasks 
  • to enhance nutrition, function, strength, independence and safety 
  • to support independence in personal care activities such as showering and dressing 
  • to keep up with essential activities such as shopping, banking and maintaining social contacts

How to Access HACC Services

A person may be eligible for WA HACC services if they:

  • Are under 65 or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person aged under 50
  • Have a disability that impacts on their ability to undertake everyday tasks, including accessing their local community
  • Are the carer of a person who is eligible for WA HACC support
  • Are not receiving support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) 
  • Are living in an area where the NDIS is not yet available

To assess your eligibility and support needs, you can phone the Regional Assessment Service (RAS) on 1300 785 415.

WA HACC Transition to the NDIS

Younger people who were receiving HACC services as at 30 June 2018 will continue to receive these services from their existing HACC provider(s) or an NDIS provider if they are deemed eligible for the NDIS.

Younger clients who are deemed ineligible for the NDIS may continue to receive their current level of HACC support from their existing HACC provider during the transition until 2020. Policy decisions for beyond 2020 are still under consideration but will be updated in 2019.

If a person is living in an area where the NDIS has already rolled out, they will need to test their eligibility for the NDIS. 

For more information about accessing the NDIS and the geographic roll out of the NDIS in WA you can visit NDIS (external site).

For All Other Enquiries

Purchasing and Contracting Unit, Department of Health

Postal Address: PO Box 8172, Perth Business Centre

Email: haccwa@health.wa.gov.au


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