The Continuity of Support Programme - Information for DHHS funded Providers

August 2017

The CoS Programme

The CoS Programme was established to ensure continuing support for older people with disability who are ineligible, based on age, for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  The programme started on 1 June 2016 and supports people aged 65 years and over who are currently receiving state funded specialist disability services.  The CoS program ensures that clients will continue to be supported to achieve similar outcomes to those they are currently receiving.

Update on CoS Programme in Tasmania

The CoS Programme is now operational with clients in Supported Accommodation commencing transition to the Programme in line with NDIS phasing.  By 30 June 2019 approximately 200 eligible state funded clients will have transitioned to the Programme.  Disability and Community Services (DCS) continue to work with the Commonwealth Department of Health (DoH) both nationally and locally to support the transition process.

Transition process

The transition of clients to the CoS Programme is based on the transfer of the Tasmanian supported accommodation group homes to the NDIS.

All other eligible CoS Programme clients will transition on 1 January 2019. This includes clients currently in receipt of Individual Support Packages or other specialist disability community based services.

To assist with the transition process DCS are seeking consent for eligible CoS Programme client’s details (or of their primary contact person) to be forwarded to DoH.  This information is to assist the transition of the financial administration of the specialist disability support services to the Commonwealth.

DHHS is required to provide data on eligible clients to the Commonwealth six months before each transition date (outlined below).  The Commonwealth will then undertake a data validation process with the relevant existing DHHS funded providers.  This process can also involve further discussions with DCS if there are differences in the reported client details. It is therefore important that all funded providers continue to submit the Vacancy Alert Form and/or DCS Client Moves Forms in a timely manner until June 2019.

Prior to their scheduled transition date some clients currently on the CoS Programme transition list may be determined eligible for the NDIS.  This includes some clients who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

DoH staff in Tasmania will be responsible for the CoS Funding Agreements and for ongoing relationships with funded providers.

Transition dates

Clients will transition to the CoS Programme on the following dates: 1 October 2017, 1 April 2018, 1 January 2019 and 1 April 2019

DHHS role till June 2019

During the transition to the CoS Programme the following arrangements have been agreed:

  • access to Disability Assessment and Advisory Team Services, including specialised assessment, behaviour support and therapeutic support
  • application of the Tasmanian Quality and Safeguarding Framework and processes until the National Quality & Safeguarding Framework is implemented
  • complaints about the provision of service under the CoS Programme will be guided by the DCS Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • managing serious incidents in accordance with DHHS’s Consumer Related Serious Incident Reporting Policy and Procedure.  DHHS will advise DoH of all serious incidents and the outcome of their management
  • obtaining consent for the use of restrictive practices from the States Senior Practitioner
  • adherence to the Disability Services Preventing and Responding to Abuse in Services Policy and Procedural Guidelines
  • conducting employment screening of all required personnel as required in the provisions of the Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Act 2013.
  • access to aids and equipment for clients in the CoS Programme will be through the Tasmanian Equipment Scheme
  • complaints about the administration of the CoS Programme are to be raised with the DoH.

Further information

Fact Sheet

For clients

For providers

If you have any questions regarding the CoS Program or transition contact:

DOH Grant Manager:  (when allocated)

or your local Community Partnership Team representative:

LocationPhone NumberEmail

CPT Nort

(03) 6777 1055

CPT North West

(03) 6477 7609

CPT South

(03) 6166 1127