CHSP or NDIS Funding Options

The government can provide funding through the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) for people 65 years and older or funding can be obtained through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The WA Community Aids and Equipment Program (CAEP) is now being phased our and replaced by the CHSP and NDIS.


Please visit the My Aged Care website  or contact Perth Surgical Shoemakers and Wembley Shoes for more information.

In order to qualify for CHSP funding you need to require footwear/orthoses/AFO’s  as an essential part of your supports for independent functioning and care at home.

The following is an abstract from “Your guide to Commonwealth Home Support Programme services” obtainable from the My Aged Care website.  

What is the Commonwealth Home Support Programme?

Funded by the Australian Government, the Commonwealth Home Support Programme provides a range of entry-level aged care services for older people who need assistance to keep living independently at home and in their community.

If you are generally able to manage but just need some help with daily tasks to continue living at home, Commonwealth Home Support Programme services may be right for you.

These services might also be suitable if you have had a setback and need support for just a short period of time to help you get back on your feet.

The Commonwealth Home Support Programme funds a large variety of organisations (called service providers) across Australia to deliver the care and services to you.

The aim of the program is to help older people live as independently as possible — with a focus on working with you, rather than doing for you.

It is about building on your strengths and abilities to help you remain living independently and safely at home.

The program is for people aged 65 years and over (50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people).

The program also includes support services for prematurely aged people on a low income who are 50 years or over (45 years or over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) and are homeless or at risk of homelessness.


In order to get NDIS funding for specialised footwear, orthoses or AFOs’ these items need to specified as part of your NDIS plan.

Note: Although you may have specialised footwear, orthoses or AFOs’ as part of your NDIS plan Perth Surgical Shoemakers or your therapist still need to prepare an elaborate Assistive Technology (AT) Application form for any funding to be approved.

In order for Perth Surgical Shoemakers to complete the NDIS AT Application form one of our pedorthists need to do a full pedorthic assessment. The assessment is needed to provide all the required clinical reasoning behind the AT supply.  The AT Application also need to contain a quotation for the intended service(s).  This process will require 2-3 hours of clinical time paid for as part of your NDIS plan.

In some cases your therapist may elect to complete the NDIS AT Application and only request a detail quotation from Perth Surgical Shoemakers.