End of year newsletter topics:·

Christmas period operational hours

 

Department of Health: 

Christmas shutdown will run from 3pm 23 December until 8:30am 3 January 2017.
 

Department of Human Services (DHS):

DHS will be open and processing as normal except for public holidays.
DHS will be closed on:

  • Monday 26 December 2016
  • Tuesday 27 December 2016
  • Monday 2 January 2017.

Complaints can be lodged online during this period.
 

Advance payments for December 2016 and January 2017


The Department of Human Services (DHS) will be issuing advance payments for residential care and home care services on the following dates:

  • December 2016 advance will be paid on 2 December 2016
  • January 2017 advance will be paid on 23 December 2016.

Note: As funds move between financial institutions they can be delayed by 1 to 3 days before they are received.

Submit the November 2016 claim to DHS as early as possible from 1 December 2016. This will allow for processing time for the January 2017 advance payment.

If you have an urgent matter please phone DHS on 1800 195 206. The phone messages will be checked regularly and urgent messages responded to.

Missing or incorrect information causes delays

If your claim forms have missing or incorrect details, the Department of Human Services will return them for corrections. This can delay  processing.  Reduce delays and confirm your details before submitting your claim for payment.

January quarterly review for residential care and home care recipients


On 15 January 2017 letters are scheduled to be issued by the Department of Human Services (DHS) for the next quarterly review for residential care and home care recipients.

Letters are only issued when there is a change to a care recipient’s income tested fee, accommodation contribution or means-tested fee or where a refund may be required.

The schedule of fees and charges for residential care and home care is available on the Department of Health website.