Department of Human Services

Community Connections Program

Community Connections is a new program from DHS. It will support vulnerable, socially isolated South Australians aged 18 to 64.

The program is being introduced as we phase out the outdated Home and Community Care (HACC) program. Before making this decision, we consulted with:

  • providers
  • peak bodies
  • clients

and commissioned an independent review by UniSA’s The Australian Alliance of Social Enterprise (TAASE).

The new program will continue to support vulnerable South Australians who are not eligible for programs like the NDIS or My Aged Care, but who need extra support.

Community Connections will focus on better supporting South Australians access the services they need for quality of life and empowering them to increase their participation and inclusion in their community.

Social connections mean better quality of life

Community Connections is based on evidence that social inclusion and strong social connections are linked to improved quality of life and better health outcomes.

The program will:

  • increase people’s independence; and
  • strengthen their connections with communities, social networks and services.

Delivering Community Connections in your community

DHS is working in partnership with non-government organisations, Aboriginal community controlled organisations, local health networks and local government to provide better support for vulnerable people who are not eligible for federal schemes.

Community Connections will be delivered by organisations with strong local community connections and community development expertise.

The new program will begin in May 2021.

People using the HACC program will be supported to transition to Community Connections, if eligible, or referred to other support services.

More information about access to Community Connections will be available in 2021.

Page last updated : 11 Jan 2021

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