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The Southern Services Reform Group (SSRG) is a Collaborative Project supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP).

The project supports the implementation of the Commonwealth Home Support Programme and other aged care reforms, builds capacity of the aged care sector, establishes and maintains partnerships and supports best practice and innovation.

The project is supported by its members, through the Steering Committee and workgroups. The Steering Committee meet bi-monthly and discuss emerging issues across the sector and monitor and support workgroup projects.

Current priorities of SSRG:

Aged Care Reforms

Wellness and Reablement

Research to inform best practice

Ageing and Technology


Project goals include:

Developing creative and innovative ways of delivering the Commonwealth Home Support Programm

Identifying and promoting opportunities for service innovation and reform

Increasing networks and the breadth of partnerships

Encouraging efficient and effective use of resources within the Commonwealth Home Support Programme

Creating opportunities for service providers in the aged care sector to work collaboratively together


The metropolitan Collaborative Projects were established in 1999 and are funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.  The collaborative projects are regional structures located in metropolitan and rural South Australia. The Southern Services Reform Group (SSRG) encompasses the Local Government areas of Onkaparinga, Mitcham, Holdfast Bay and Marion. Prior to 2008 the project also engaged with the City of Unley.

Collaborative projects are funded to develop and support a formal mechanism for facilitating service system reform and to improve service cooperation and coordination at a regional level.  The project engages with services that affect the CHSP target group.

Strategic Aims of the project


  • Representation of regional stakeholders
  • Bringing stakeholders together through regional structures
  • Communicate effectively with the region



  • Active participation by service users
  • Broad consumer involvement informing the direction of the projects



  • Share knowledge and resources across the regions
  • Innovative project activities, building on current learnings
  • Government consultation with stakeholders



  • Service development through workgroups, forums, surveys, working with the Better Practice Project and consultations about planned changes in the sector