Individual support packages are Disability Services funds that are allocated to a person to meet their disability related support needs.
Individual support packages enable people with a disability to:
- Direct the planning process, making their own choices about how they wish to live their life
- Plan in a way that respects the needs of family members and carers and their role in the person's life
- Be assisted to identify goals and the way these can be achieved
- Explore supports that are flexible and wide-ranging
- Be included and fully participate in community life.
Disability Services funding may complement existing informal support arrangements from family and friends and/or generally available community services.
People can receive help from a facilitator to bring together the important people in their life, such as family, friends or advocates, to think about and document the supports that are needed and how they should be provided.
How individual support packages can be used
The funds may be used to buy a range of disability-related supports, chosen by the person to assist them to achieve their goals.
Individual support packages can be used to:
- Maintain independence
- Keep living at home
- Move to more independent living arrangements
- Learn new skills
- Participate in the local community.
For more information, see the Individual support package information sheet in Related resources.
How to apply for an individual support package
People can register their need for an individual support package on the Disability Support Register if they meet the criteria as determined under the Disability Act 2006.
For more information, see Applying for ongoing disability support on our Services site.
Learning and development program for facilitators
A learning and development program is being developed for individual support package facilitators and their managers/team leaders.
The program will strengthen the facilitation and individual capacity building skills of facilitators. It will also provide managers/team leaders of facilitators with strategies and resources to support them in their roles.
Individual support package guidelines, practice advise and information sheets
The following guidelines, practice advise and information sheets are for regional and disability service provider staff involved in the development, assessment, approval and implementation of individual support packages, see in Related resources.