Self-directed support

Disability services in Victoria are based on a self-directed approach, which aims to make sure that services focus on an individual's needs, aspirations and the life choices they make.

Self-directed support gives individuals and their families a greater voice – recognising that they know what will best meet their support needs.

Self-directed support has 3 components

  • Self-directed planning – planning that is directed by the person (or is family-centred for children)
  • Self-directed funding – funding that is tied to the person and is portable
  • Self-directed support – supports that are flexible and tailored to individual needs.

Examples of self-directed support

Supporting decision-making guide

The Supporting decision-making guide has been developed for use by disability service providers and their staff. For more information, see Related resources.

A quick reference summary of the Supporting decision making guide has also been developed for use by individual staff, see Related resources.

More information

Our services website has more information, see Making a decision and getting help if you need it.

You can also contact your local departmental program and service advisor for more information.