How many Home Care Packages are in Australia?

26 August 2019

A summary of Home Care Package program data Australia as at the 31st March  2019.

Data from Home Care Package Program Data Report 3rd Quarter 2018 -19

How many Home Care Packages are in Australia?

At 31 December 2018, there were 93,331 people in a home care package. This represents an annual increase of 15,413 people (19.8 per cent) since 31 December 2017 (77,918) and a quarterly increase of 2,685 people (3.0 per cent) since 30 September 2018 (90,646).

31,200 home care packages were released during the March 2019 quarter, at an average of 2,400 per week.

 

How many people are waiting for a Home Care Package?

At 31 March 2019, there were 75,739 people waiting on a home care package at their approved level, who had not yet been offered access to a lower level package.

At 31 March 2019, there were 53,299 people who were waiting for a home care package at their approved level, who had already been offered a lower level package. Of these people, 30,283 chose to take an offered package, 6,355 were deciding on whether to take up a package and 16,661 had not taken up their previous offer(s) of a lower level package.

The table below summarises the estimated wait time for Home Care Packages depending on the level a person has been approved for.

 

How many Home Care Packages are being approved?

In the March 2019 quarter, there were 26,486 approvals for a Home Care Package

 

How many Home Care Packages are being released?

31,200 home care packages were released during the March 2019 quarter, at an average of 2,400 per week.

The table below provides the breakdown of the forward estimates for the Home Care Package levels based on the current known information and data.

How many Home Care Package providers are there in Australia?

As at the 31st March, there were 917 Home Care Providers. Since Home Care Packages were released in 2017 there has been significant growth in the number of providers;

March 2017 – 693

September 2017 – 766

March 2018 – 853

Septemebr 2018 – 896

March 2019 – 917

 

For more information about applying for a Package visit Get a Home Care Package.

Further information on the Home Care Packages program can be found at https://agedcare.health.gov.au/programs/home-care-packages-program