Community Based Support Tasmania

I want to be independent, but I am new to all of this and am not sure where to start


Disability Support

Community Based Support (CBS) provides a range of support services that help people with disability or mental illness remain connected to their community, stay living at home and lead independent lives. Our experienced staff can help to ensure your needs are met by working with you to create an individualised support plan. CBS is a not-for-profit, proudly Tasmanian owned and operated organisation that has been supporting Tasmanians to live the life they want, the way they want to live it, for over 25 years.


We currently provide support to over 5,500 Tasmanians in their homes and in the community.


We know that navigating your way through the maze of information available to you can be confusing and overwhelming. If you would like to talk to someone about how it all works and how you can get the support you are looking for, please contact us , we are more than willing to help you to find your way.


You can also download a copy of our brochure here.

How do I get the support I need to stay at home?

There are a few different ways you can get support to help to live the way you want to, achieving the goals you set for yourself in life.


The first thing you will need to do is find out what sort of support is out there that can help you and whether you are eligible for government assistance to pay for it.


This website contains some information about the Home and Community Care (HACC)  programs; the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS); Individual Support Program (ISP) packages; as well as services that you can purchase privately if you wish. Simply follow the links to read about them. Alternatively, you may like to contact us  to talk to someone about these.

What Areas Do We Cover?

CBS currently provide services for people with a disability or a mental illness in Southern Tasmania under the Home and Community Care Programs, Individual Support Programs or the National Disability Insurance Scheme.


The Home Modifications program is offered across the entire state of Tasmania.


CBS employs Tasmanians who understand the needs of the community in which they live and work. It is important to note that at CBS, we employ staff from a wide range of areas throughout Tasmania and we are constantly monitoring the needs of our customers and matching them with the appropriate staff, in the right areas. Staff availability in different areas can fluctuate and can sometimes (very rarely) limit our ability to provide services. Please call the CBS Disability Support Services team directly to discuss whether we have available staff in your area. You can view a full range of services and areas here.

What Does It Cost?

Fees are payable for most services provided by CBS, however, the fee usually depends on your situation and on the service being provided.


The fees are usually set by the government for services that are offered under government funded programs. For example, if you are on a disability support pension and this is your only source of income, fees for most Home and Community Care Program services are capped at $10.00 per week. If you are not a pensioner, the fees are usually capped for the Home and Community Care program at $30.00 per week. These capped fees apply regardless of how many services a person receives, or how many service providers are involved.


There are some circumstances in which these fees will increase. For example, people eligible for Worker’s compensation are charged the full cost of each of the visits.


Fees for meals, centre based day care (social groups) and community transport are examples of services that are not included in the above capped price, and will be charged in addition to regular support service visits. If the worker supporting you needs to use their vehicle during a visit, you will be charged travel costs of 83c a km in addition to the visit fee.

Home and Community Care Program Cost for 1 visit per week Cost for 2 or more visits per week
Pensioner $5.00 $10.00
Non-pensioner $20.00 $30.00
Workers Compensation Clients Full cost of services provided Full cost of services provided

To discuss fees and costs based on your personal situation, please contact the Disability Support Services team at CBS.


We are more than happy to help you.

What types of support can I ask for?

There are many different support services offered by Community Based Support. A full list of these services can be found here.


The types of services you can request under government funded programs will depend on the program you are eligible for.


Support that can be provided under the Home and Community Care Program (HACC) include:


  • Domestic Assistance, providing help with household chores;
  • assistance with Personal Care such as showering and dressing;
  • Social Support that assists people to access and stay connected in their communities;
  • In Home Respite, providing a break for carers;
  • basic Home Maintenance for things like changing tap washers, changing light globes and other minor household repairs;
  • Home Modifications to make it easier for you to access in and around your home by building ramps, putting rails in place and modifying bathrooms;
  • Allied Health services such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy;
  • Community Nursing services can be provided in your home by a qualified nurse and may be on a regular or occasional basis. Services can include wound care, blood pressures, catheter management, end of life care, drain management, continence, diabetes management, assistance with medications and other specialist nursing related activities;
  • the delivery of Meals to your home to assist you in staying healthy and well fed,
  • centre based day care, or Social Clubs, provide a fun way for people to keep in touch with friends in a safe and supportive environment;
  • Community Transport that helps to access your community, getting you where you need to be, when you need to be there;
  • annual Spring Cleaning for the bigger cleaning jobs like windows, cleaning out gutters, cleaning out the oven and fridge etc.; and
  • annual Garden Maintenance for jobs like mowing the lawn, trimming trees and hedges, weeding etc.


Individual Support Program (ISP) packages funding is totally flexible and you determine how it is used within the programs guidelines. To read the guidelines, please click here.


The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding provides support that enables you to live a full life. If you are eligible to participate, you will develop a plan with the NDIS to help you access the supports you need. Your plan will be reviewed over time so you’ll get the right support for as long as you need it. The options for support here are varied and will depend upon your specific circumstances. To see more about the NDIS, click here.


To see the full list of services provided by CBS, follow this link. Please keep in mind that if the service you are looking for does not appear in this list, you can still talk to us  about how we can help you to get that service.  You can also download a copy of our brochure here.

Can I purchase these services?

Yes, you can!


If government funding is not available or extra support is required, CBS offers self-funded support services.


Please contact Tamara Foster, Intake Manager, for an obligation free quote on (03) 6208 6600 or email Tamara directly at


A full list of CBS service options can be found here.


Please call us or drop into our office if you have any questions or if you would like to meet the team.  Please note that our Disability Support Services team are often out of the office, speaking with people in their homes, so it might be worth contacting them first to make a time that is suitable to you.