Sector Support and Development

In 2011 the Home and Community Care (HACC) Program was split into two- Aged Care and support for people with disability

  1. The Commonwealth government, through the Department of Health, funds a range of supports for older Australians. The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) provides entry level supports to frail older people 65 years and above, or 50 and above for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. These supports assist people to remain at home and prevent inappropriate or premature admission to residential care. The Commonwealth Home Support Program is part of the aged care reforms and is funded until 30th June 2018.
  1. People living with a disability: Community Care Support Programme (CCSP) aims to provide comprehensive, coordinated and integrated range of basic maintenance and support services for people with disability under 65 and their carers. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is presently rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme

The Illawarra Forum hosts a number of development positions that aim to support the sector through capacity building activities, network support, training and information provision

Sector Support and Development Officer

The role of Sector Support and Development Officer (SS&DO) is flexible and responsive, and aims to improve the capacity of Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern NSW  funded organisations to better meet the needs of the  their target population. The objectives of the SS&DO position are to:

  • Build the capacity of Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) providers to deliver entry-level community aged care services.
  • Promote collaboration and partnerships that support the development of the community aged care service system in a way that meets the aims of the programme and broader aged care system
  • Provide guidance to stakeholders to support the transition to the CHSP and access to aged care system.
  • Demonstrates leadership and provides advice on relevant sector management and service system delivery issues.

In addition to Aged Care the SS&D Officers support organisations who receive funding to support people under 65 (50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) with disability to:

  • Strengthen the capacity of the service infrastructure to deliver quality services which respond to client needs, including special needs groups.
  • Strengthen interagency and community relationships and understanding of the program.
  • Promote better practice in the development of a strong community care system.
  • Provide information to funded agencies and related community care services about the program
  • Provide guidance on program, relevant government policies and guidelines.

Sector Support Training and Development Officer

The Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) training project provides sector support and development training, at a subsidised rate for CHSP funded community care organisations and their staff within the Illawarra Region.

The CHSP Training Project aims to:

  • Provide targeted and timely range of training and development activities to support the sector (including service providers and Boards) in meeting the needs of the CHSP target population.
  • Provide a suite of training and development initiatives to assist service providers with developing appropriate infrastructure and organisational capacity.
  • Provide a suite of initiatives to address service providers’ information needs.
  • Liaise with service providers to determine emerging needs

Click here to view current training and development opportunities.

Sector Support – Multicultural Access Officer (MAP)

The MAP officer supports and assists in building the capacity of services funded by the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) and the Community Care Supports Programme (CCSP) in responding  to the needs of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities in the Illawarra.  The MAP officer also works in strengthening the capacity of CALD communities to engage, participate and navigate the changing community care system.

Aims of the project include:

  • Supporting workers, organisations and our funding agencies in planning, training or identification of need
  • Supporting multicultural communities to learn about and access a range of services to remain at home and engaged in their community
  • To Identify, ascertain and report on the needs of the target population to support future planning processes.

Sector Support – Aboriginal Development Officer

The Aboriginal Development Officer works with Community Service funded organisations to improve access to services for people from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island background.  The project aims to:

  • Ascertain the Community Care needs of the Aboriginal Community.
  • Enable greater access for the Aboriginal Community to mainstream and specific Aboriginal Services.
  • Develop the capacity of the Community service providers to respond to the needs of the Aboriginal target population.
  • Promote the services of Aboriginal and mainstream Community services to the Aboriginal community.