This week, HANZA made a comprehensive submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Our submission lays out the ways in which HANZA believes homeshare can contribute to the improvement of aged care quality and safety in Australia — and, in particular, how it can address part c. i. of the Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference, which specifies that the Commissioners inquire into “the future challenges and opportunities for delivering accessible, affordable and high quality aged care services in Australia, including … people’s desire to remain living at home as they age.”

The document also sets out a vision for the future of homeshare as the offering of an independent social enterprise, providing an alternative means of funding programs to the more “traditional” model of programs existing under the umbrella of a larger generalist social services provider. It is a response to the challenges of the NDIS and MyAgedCare, under which homeshare can struggle for visibility and funding due to its not fitting neatly under “line item”-type service lists, and outlines what HANZA believes is required for a future in which homeshare can continue to grow and evolve. 

The submission was made in conjunction with The Australia Institute, and builds on the work of Home Share Melbourne, Holdsworth Homeshare in New South Wales and the National Homeshare Programme in the UK. It is available to read and download here:

We encourage readers to download and share the document widely!