Community and Home Support

The Commonwealth Home Support Program funded by the Commonwealth Government and Council, helps frail, older people (64 years & over) who are living in the community to maximise their independence.

Services for younger people (people aged under 65 years) will continued to be delivered by Council  funded by the Victorian Government, until the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is in full operation.

The Commonwealth Home Support Program aims to help people stay living in their own homes for as long as they can and wish to do so by;

  • Delivering  high quality support services
  • Taking into account each person’s individual goals, preferences and choices
  • Having a strong emphasis on wellness and quality of life.

Services provided by Council are considered entry-level which means the support provided is low intensity on a short term or ongoing basis.  Higher level services may also be delivered on a short term basis.

Ararat Rural City Council also provides services on behalf of a number of other agencies including;

  • Stawell Regional Health
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Grampians Community Health
  • Villa Maria
  • Worksafe
  • Southern Cross Community Care. 

These services are provided on a full fee for service basis.

All Council Direct Care Support Workers have a minimum qualification of ;

  • Certificate III in Aged Care or equivalent
  • Current First Aid qualification
  • Annual professional development to keep their high level of skills and professionalism.

Services provided by Council include;

  • Initial assessment
  • Domestic Assistance – General House Cleaning & Linen Services.
  • Personal Care – Assistance with Self-Care including showering and grooming, Assistance with self medication administration
  • Social Support – Visiting, shopping, accessing services or recreation activities
  • Home maintenance – minor repairs and garden maintenance
  • Delivered meals

People can access the service through “My Aged Care” on 1800 200 422 or at

Aged Care Assessment Program

The Aged Care Assessment Program is an assessment of the care needs of frail older people. 

Council’s Assessment Officers will work with you to;

  • Conduct a detailed assessment of your physical, medical, psychological, cultural and social needs and give you a choice of help and services available.
  • Refer you to services of your choice.
  • In undertaking this work the assessment officers will;
  • Focus on your needs and preferences
  • Refer you to a range of services
  • Actively involve you in your support planning

Contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or go to the My Aged Care website