Communique: Commonwealth Continuity of Support (CoS) Programme

Published 29 April 2019

The following communique has been issued by the Department of Health to provide important guidance about the continuity of disability support for  older Australians who are ineligible for the NDIS.

The Commonwealth Continuity of Support (CoS) Programme has been developed to respond to the Council of Australian Governments’ commitment to continue to support people aged 65 and over (and Indigenous people aged 50 and over) who are currently in receipt of state-managed specialist disability services but are ineligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) at the time of NDIS implementation in a region.

CoS is a national program and eligibility is consistent across all states and territories. The CoS Programme supports people with disability who meet all of the following criteria:

  • are 65 years and over or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, at the time the NDIS begins rolling out in their region;
  • are assessed as being ineligible for the NDIS at the time the NDIS begins rolling out in their region; and
  • are an existing client of state-administered specialist disability services at the time the CoS Programme rolls out in their region.

The CoS Programme will ensure that older people with disability continue to be supported to achieve similar outcomes to those they were achieving prior to the transition. The CoS Programme funds equivalent care and services, so when clients transition to the CoS Programme their services shouldn’t change. In-scope clients will continue to receive their current services from their existing provider.

Please refer to the full Communique below for more information.