YOU CAN BE IN
You can take charge
of your social support, education and health care through a
We are a
national movement of individuals, families,
and services aiming to change the system
of funding social support, education and health care in
The problem with the present funding
system is that people are left out of it. Governments and
institutions control how your money is spent, and tell
you what you get and where your money goes.
People with disabilities or illnesses or special learning
needs and their families have little say in how money
intended for them is actually spent.
We are for Self-Directed Services and
Across the country, and throughout
the world, many large and small groups of individuals and
families, in partnership with businesses and governments, are in
the process of making a new
system - where people know what they are entitled to and can
allocate the money that is assigned for their benefit.. This
system is called Self-Directed Support, or
Consumer-Directed Care. Variations of these terms are used
Education and Health Care.
Internationally, this trend towards personalisation of funding
is well-advanced. In Australia it is beginning in disability,
accident compensation, aged care and soon in technical and
vocational education. But Australian governments and
institutions have been very slow to pick it up.
We aim to pull them into the 21st century.
tools and information available to help you take control of your
own arrangements to suit your needs.
services, businesses and governments, we are working together
to build best practice in Self-Directed Services
and Personal Budgets - and enable individuals and
families to exercise as much control as possible over their
lives through control over their money.
HERE for information on our National
Steering Group on Self-Directed Services and Personal Budgets.
What do we do?
We have six core
We link individuals, families, services,
businesses and governments in sharing information and
expertise to produce best practice in Self-Directed Services and
The money you may be entitled to,
from various governments and departments, can be pooled in a single
Personal Budget. We can assist in finding
support to set up this arrangement. Your Personal Budget
can be held in an account, in partnership with a
financial institution or other organisation that you
holding and money management
We provide an easy-to-use web-based platform so you can
manage your Personal Budget, setting up a plan for use
of your money; rostering, invoicing and paying support
workers; purchasing other services; making transactions;
and reporting to your funders.
Match-making support workers with people who need
We provide a web-based match-making service where you
can locate and hire support workers who are suited to
your needs, and where support workers can find clients
close to them, without the need to use agencies as
We aim to inform all Australians about their right to
take charge of their money in social support, education
and health care.
We aim to drive system change in Australia towards
person and family-centred arrangements in social
support, education and health care.
5-6 August 2013
Consumer Summit 2013,
Melbourne. Empowering Consumers and Users of
7 August 2013
Consumer Power Social Enterprise Workshop,
Making It Personal
Demos Report from the UK on Persona Budgets and
Self-Directed Supports provides an excellent
overview of the self-directed services and
personal budgets agenda
Information Record for Every
Every person who has
used services in social support, education and
health care knows we need a consolidated
personal information record.
Individual Learning Plans
learning should be a right for all children.
Family Income Management Plans
communities are not the only ones where Family
Income Management Plans can make a difference.