Victorian Community Care Education and Training Service (VCCETS)

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Victorian Community Care Education and Training Service

The Victorian Community Care Education and Training Service (VCCETS) is jointly funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services.

Swinburne University of Technology has been engaged to plan, promote and deliver VCCETS to the community care workforce who deliver the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) and Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC PYP) in Victoria.

The CHSP and HACC PYP have a diverse workforce, ranging from allied health professionals and nurses, to direct care workers with a Certificate III in Individual Support (or equivalent). They deliver in-home services such as personal care, and centre based services such as day therapy centres.

Education and training predominately targets direct care workers and the community care workforce, engaged in providing: personal care, domestic care and support in centre based social support settings.

Training will be targeted to the main job roles in the CHSP and HACC PYP:

  • manager
  • coordinator
  • nurse
  • allied health worker
  • community care worker
  • social support coordinator
  • property maintenance staff

The education and training program will reflect the CHSP and HACC PYP priority areas. This includes supporting the workforce to deliver a person centred and strength based, wellness and reablement model of care, working effectively with diverse social and cultural groups and situations, and change management.

The training service offers a range of education and training topics linked to applicable national units of competency identified as critical in supporting quality delivery of aged and community services (provided by both the CHSP and HACC PYP).

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP)

The Australian Government Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) helps older people stay independent in their homes and communities for longer. The programme provides entry-level home support to those over 65 (or those over 50 who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander) to assist them to keep living independently. It takes into account each person’s individual goals, preference and choices – underpinned by a strong emphasis on restorative approaches, including wellness and reablement.

The CHSP also supports care relationships through providing respite care services for frail, older people. This allows regular carers to take a break from their usual caring responsibilities.

Learn more about the CHSP

The Victorian Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC PYP)

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services funds and manages the Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC PYP). Some HACC PYP services and clients will progressively transfer to the National Insurance Disability Scheme (NDIS) as it rolls out in Victoria. A framework for home and community support services is being developed to support client care needs during the phased implementation of the NDIS in Victoria.

The HACC PYP provides services for people with moderate, severe or profound disabilities and their carers. Younger people are defined as those aged under 65 (under 50 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people).

The HACC PYP provides basic support and maintenance services to help people with disabilities remain living at home as independently as possible.

Learn more about the HACC PYP