In this Newsletter

Increase in HACC Funding
A message from the NSW Miniter for Disability Services
Reforms to the HACC Program
Planning for the Future
The NSW HACC Development Officers Network
It's your Business

Increase in HACC Funding

The Commonwealth Minister for Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, and the NSW Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Andrew Constance, have recently announced a boost in HACC funding bringing the annual investment in HACC services in NSW to around $625m. This increase includes an extra $1.43 million to be invested in home modification for both minor and major works. To read the press release in full see$File/MB077.pdf

A Message from the NSW Minister for Disability

The new Minister, Andrew Constance, explains his Government’s person centred approach which places the person with a disability at the centre of the decision-making process when it comes to the supports and services they use. To either read or watch the Minister’s message go to

Reforms to the HACC Program

Under the National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement there will be a split of responsibilities for aged care for people at age 65 (age 50 for Indigenous Australians) with the Commonwealth Government assuming full responsibility for aged care services under the Home and Community Care (HACC) Program from 1 July 2012. The NSW Government is working with the Australian and other state/territory governments in an effort to simplify, streamline and ensure better co-ordination of the home and community care system.

 =Two Fact Sheets have been produced by Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) together with the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

 The first Fact Sheet provides information on the issues which have emerged from ADHC’s initial consultations about the implementation of the reforms. See

 The second Fact Sheet provides an update to the transition arrangements. See

 ADHC will continue to provide regular updates to service providers and stakeholders and maintain its information on its website at

Planning for the future

The Planning Ahead Kits are a practical resource developed by Ageing, Disability and Home Care to help people plan their futures. The Kits can help a person make financial, health and lifestyle decisions if the capacity is lost to make their own decisions. They deal with issues such as wills, funeral funds, enduring guardianship, powers of attorney and advance care directives. Available in PDF, the Kits are also available in Arabic, Croatian and Italian.

The Taking Care of Business Kit has also been developed for Aboriginal people to help them plan for their future needs. The Kit can be obtained in booklet form which includes a DVD or can be downloaded in PDF.

For more information about both Kits, see

The NSW HACC Development Officers Network

This Network is a forum for Regional HACC Development Officers to promote best practice in the development of a strong, cohesive community care system. Development Officers across NSW can be contacted directly for information about their projects and local HACC and related community care services for frail older people, people with disabilities and carers. To contact your local Development Officer, see

Its Your Business

The It’s Your Business Manual is designed to support the development of governance knowledge and board management skills for non-government organisations and all HMMS should have received a copy in 2009. If you wish to download the manual in PDF go to