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Victorian Home & Community Care (HACC) Program Manual February 2003 including HACC fees policy and HACC unit prices
As of the 2007-08 financial year the schedule of fees and HACC unit prices will be updated annually. The unit prices will be updated in September to be effective from 1 July. The fees and income ranges will be updated in January and be effective as of January 1 of each year. This brings us in line with the updating of the Centrelink figures for income ranges which come into effect as of January 1 of each year. As of 1 January 2008, HACC fees will be rounded to the nearest 10 cents to simplify the determination of fees. We have updated the fees and income ranges published on the web to reflect these changes.
Review of the HACC Program Manual
The HACC program manual is under review and is expected to be released in early 2013.
HACC respite services support caring relationships by providing carers of frail older people, and people of any age with a disability, with a break from their caring relationship. The priority for this service has always been for full time carers to enable them to have a break from responsibility or to enable them to participate in community, social and other activities. Carers undertaking paid or unpaid employment were never explicitly excluded from access to HACC subsidised respite. However, the production of the 2003 Victorian HACC Program Manual included an inadvertent change of emphasis from giving low priority to those seeking respite while they undertake paid or unpaid employment, to a specific exclusion.
The HACC response service is funded under the HACC Activity Service System Resourcing and its objective is to be the incident contact for people using Personal Alert Victoria who do not have family or other informal contacts. These guidelines document the eligibility, assessment and registration requirements for the HACC response service along with the procedures and processes required to implement the HACC response service. They have been developed in consultation with stakeholders involved in the delivery of the HACC response service. These HACC response service guidelines replace Sub section 7.15.7 of the Victorian HACC (HACC) program manual 2003. They should be read in conjunction with the Personal Alert Victoria program and service guidelines which are available at www.health.vic.gov.au/agedcare/policy/pav.htm
This advice supplements the sub sections on training and the HACC Personal Care Policy in the Victorian HACC Program Manual by including reference to qualifications and competency units in CHC08 Community Services Training Package.
This advice supplements the HACC Personal Care Policy in the Victorian HACC Program Manual (Chapter 7.6). This September 2009 advice updates the advice of May 2008 by including reference to competency units in CHCO8 Community Services Training Package, which was endorsed in December 2008.
The schedule of fees will be updated in January and the HACC unit prices will be updated in September each year. The fees and income ranges will take effect as of 1 January each year. Revised HACC unit prices 2012-13 are based on indexation at a rate of 2.1% on Commonwealth HACC funds and at least 2% on Victorian HACC funds (the Victorian Community Service Organisation rate).
General principles relating to access to HACC Program subsidised services for people in receipt of Commonwealth Community Aged Care Packages (CACPs), effective 1 July 2011.
On 1 March 2011 the Community Care Common Standards (CCCS) replaced the HACC National Service Standards across Australia. The Community Care Common Standards Guide and the HACC Program Complaints Policy replace Sections 3.1 to 3.6 of the Victorian HACC Program Manual. Please read the information about this under Quality framework.
The Framework for Assessment in the HACC Program was published in 2007. The HACC Assessment Framework sets out program policy for Assessment as a HACC funded activity and details the requirements for Living at Home Assessments. Key components of a Living at Home Assessment include holistic assessments of need, service-specific assessments, care planning and care coordination. The HACC Assessment Framework replaces Section 7.3 Assessment and Care Management, of the HACC Program Manual. More information about the Framework for Assessment can be found at www.health.vic.gov.au/hacc/assessment.htm
The manual will be regularly updated and the updated manual will be placed on this website. As an interim measure while the current manual is being updated the following amendments have been placed on this website.