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Home-based Care program requirements

Home-based Care is provided by approved carers in their own home to children and young people who are unable to live at home with their family because of a significant risk of harm or abuse.

The Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) funds Community Service Organisations (CSOs) to manage Home-based Care programs.

The Program requirements for Home-based Care outline the minimum practice requirements for home-based care for DHHS and CSO staff to ensure a consistent approach to high quality services delivery.

For more information about program requirements for Home-based Care in Victoria, or to download a copy of the Interim revised edition, April 2014, visit the human services website at:,-guidelines-and-legislation/program-requirements-for-home-based-care-in-victoria [external link - opens in a new window]


Foster care spot audits

In April 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services commenced spot audits of organisations providing foster care in Victoria. The audits into foster care provide another mechanism to foster continuous improvement for organisations managing foster care placements.

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the spot audit process.