Access disability services

Individualised funding for people with disability

The Individualised Funding Program allows you to self-manage your state government-funded disability support services.

This increases the choice and control you have over your disability supports and gives you more flexibility to arrange them in a way that helps meet your needs.

The following information will help you decide if you are interested in individualised funding.

If you don't want to make any changes to the services you are currently using or how your services are managed, your current services will continue. You can choose to leave everything as it is now and make changes later on when you are ready in the future. It is your choice.

Eligibility

You may be eligible for individualised funding if you currently receive state government-funded disability support.

Phone the Disability Information and Referrals line on 1300 786 117 to find out if you're eligible for funded support.

How to participate

If you are interested in participating, contact the Individualised Funding Team:

Budget and plans

Your current funded supports are converted to a monetary amount, which is called your personal budget.

An agreed personal budget plan identifies how your personal budget will be used to meet your disability support needs. The Individualised Funding Team can help you develop a personal budget plan.

An online system is available to allow you to view your account details, keep track of your personal budget and make changes to your personal budget plan.

You can also make changes to the disability support services included in your personal budget plan or how you manage your personal budget by speaking to a member of the Individualised Funding Team.

Reporting

You'll be contacted regularly and your spending will be monitored. Once a year a record of spending from your personal budget must be submitted to the government.

Managing your personal budget

There are five ways to manage your personal budget:

  • manage your budget yourself (directly manage)
  • manage your budget with help from a carer, parent or guardian
  • have a financial intermediary manage your budget
  • have a host agency arrange your services and manage your budget
  • have the government arrange your services and manage your budget.

Directly manage

This option will suit people who want to manage their own funding and support arrangements.

You will:

  • receive a direct payment into a separate bank account
  • have an agreement with the government
  • arrange your services and pay for them
  • keep records of what your personal budget is spent on
  • once a year, show the government what your personal budget was spent on.

Someone to help directly manage

A legally nominated or recognised parent, partner, carer or guardian can help you directly manage your personal budget. This option will suit people less than 18 years of age or adults who usually have someone to act on their behalf.

The parent, partner, carer or guardian will:

  • receive a direct payment into a separate bank account on your behalf
  • have an agreement with the government
  • arrange services and pay for them
  • keep records of what the personal budget is spent on
  • once a year, show government what your personal budget was spent on.

Financial intermediary manages your budget

This option will suit people who want to choose and set up their services but would like help with paying the bills. You arrange your own services.

The financial intermediary will:

  • pay for your services
  • keep records of what your personal budget is spend on
  • once a year, show government what your personal budget was spent on.

Host agency arranges services and manages your budget

This option will suit people who want to choose their services but would like help setting them up and paying the bills.

Host agencies are approved service providers so you can choose a host agency that best suits your needs. They can also provide disability support services to you if you would like.

The host agency will:

  • receive your personal budget
  • have a service agreement with government
  • arrange services and manage the funds
  • keep records of what your personal budget is spent on
  • once a year, show government what your personal budget was spent on.

Government arranges the services and manages your budget

This option will suit people who want to choose their services but would like government to help set them up and pay the bills.

This means government will:

  • have your personal budget
  • have an agreement with agencies providing disability support services to you
  • arrange services and manage the funds
  • keep records of what your personal budget is spent on.

Five options comparison table

  Directly manage

Someone to help manage

Financial intermediary

Host agency Government
Who develops the personal budget plan You You and supporter You You You
Who chooses and arranges the services

You

You and supporter You You and host agency You and government
Who holds the funds You Supporter TBD Host agency Government
Who pays for the services You Supporter Financial intermediary Host agency Government
Who signs an agreement You You and supporter Financial intermediary Host agency Not applicable
Who keeps payment records You Supporter Financial intermediary and you Host agency Government
Fees No No Yes Yes No
GST covered by government (if applicable) No No No Yes Yes
Hours or funding used flexibly over the year Yes Yes Yes Yes No (only monthly)
Services can be bought with any interest earned Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Personal budget indexed Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Spending your personal budget

Your personal budget is for your disability related needs and can help you to work towards your goals and live the life that you wish. People so far have used their funding to:

  • live independently
  • stay living with their families
  • gain confidence to be more independent in the future
  • be active in their community.

There is not a specific list of things available for purchase – it depends on your individual needs. However, your funding must be spent only on the items included in your approved personal budget plan.

Types of services

The goods and services that you can purchase from your personal budget must relate to your disability. They tend to fall into the following three categories.

Personal care services

Personal care services include help with personal tasks such as bathing and grooming.

These services can only be purchased from government-approved service providers.

General support services

These services are help with everyday tasks, such as cleaning, laundry and cooking, which can be important to your quality of life.

General support services can be purchased from wherever you choose but you need to check that the service provider:

  • is suitably qualified, licensed and accredited to provide the service
  • has appropriate insurances such as public liability insurance and professional indemnity insurance.

Equipment

Specialised equipment and assistive technology can help you to live more independently.

You cannot purchase items from your personal budget if they are available through the equipment program (for example, wheelchairs).

Excluded from purchase

Your personal budget cannot be used in the same way that money from an income or pension can be used for daily expenses.

It cannot be used to purchase things that any member of the community would reasonably be expected to pay for from their income, such as groceries and rent.

There are some specific items that cannot be purchased, including anything illegal, or alcohol- and gambling-related. You can't use your personal budget to employ family members or directly employ support workers.


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Page last updated 24 February 2017

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