The IDA acknowledges that different people want different levels of choice and control over their disability supports.
The IDA believes:
- All people with disability have the right to choice and control
- People with disability have the right to be part of our community and to access community and mainstream supports as well as disability specific ones
- People with disability have the right to share or self-manage their funds if they choose
1. Choice & Control
All people with disability have the right to choice and control, not just over their disability specific supports, but over their lives. This is a basic human right.
Choice and control is not the same for everyone because we are all different. It is about having a say to the best of your capability about the who, what when, where, how of living your life. This includes choice and control over your disability support, right down to who you choose to provide your support and how you choose for that support to be directed and delivered.
2. Community & Mainstream Supports
Everyone should be included. Everyone should have access to their community.
That means mainstream services, government initiatives and community activities should be accessible and inclusive of people with disability.
The IDA believes that people should have the choice to participate in these things. The IDA also believes that people with disability should have control over the who, what, when, where and how this happens.
To get help with access or inclusion issues in the community, a local area coordinator or support connector or coordinator can help you. You can find out more about local area coordinators here. You can find information about support coordination on the NDIS website.
Ability Links can also assist you.
3. Self Management
People with disability have the right to decide how their funds are managed. This might mean that they choose to share or self-manage their funds rather than have a provider manage their funds in partnership with the Agency.
The IDA supports this where this is a person’s choice.
Under the NDIS people can choose to manage their funds in different ways. You can choose to have the Agency manage your funds on your behalf and pay your providers and supports directly. You can also opt for shared or self-management.
Shared management means that a registered plan management provider supports you to manage your NDIS plan and supports. You direct your supports while your plan manager takes care of your bills and reporting requirements.
You can search for registered plan management providers on the NDIA website. Some IDA members may be registered plan management and support coordinator providers as well as providers of direct disability support. You can ask us how we ensure we keep your best interests at heart before you register with any provider.
Self-management means that you or your nominee (e.g. parent or sibling) manage your NDIS funds as well as your supports. You will direct your supports, but you will also make claims through the Portal and manage payment for all supports delivered, including payments for staff superannuation and award rates.
If you are interested in self-management, you can find out more from your NDIA planner. Support coordinators can also assist you to share and/or self-manage your NDIS supports and providers can be found on the NDIS website.
Other organisations like Family Advocacy and My Choice Matters can also assist you to think about shared and self-management.