$1million development grant to help the disabled take control of their care
Disabilities Minister Tony Piccolo says $1million allocated to assist disability service providers make the transition to the State Government's new individualised funding model will help to put decisions about care in the hands of the person with the disability.
Three organisations have been selected to assist the non-government disability service sector move away from traditional block funding as part of the Government's disability reform agenda, which includes an extra $215 million in funding allocated in the last State Budget.
"People with a disability, their families and carers have consistently told us that they want the freedom to make their own decisions about what services they use and when they use them," Mr Piccolo said.
"They have made it abundantly clear that they don't want a system that dictates to them but one that offers them the choice to meet their own individual needs and we have listened.
"This once-in-a-generation reform puts the person with a disability at the centre of the decision making process.
"The programs that will be run by these three respected organisations will assist service providers and their clients to adapt to this new model."
The three successful tenders - National Disability Services, Dyson Consulting Group and the Julia Farr Association - will roll out a series of forums, workshops and other strategies to assist the transition.
The change to funding arrangements has far reaching implications for those providers that are traditionally reliant on block grant funding and these programs will assist them and their clients to make a smooth transition.
Stage One of the individualised funding reform was rolled out in November 2012. More than 2,800 people were informed of their personal budget and were invited to consider their options under the individualised funding arrangements.
Individual funding will also be a feature of the National Disability Insurance Scheme about to be implemented by the Commonwealth Government.