Your Life Your Choice Host Providers - Disability Services, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)

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Your Life Your Choice Host Providers

Centacare North Queensland

Available to

People living anywhere in Queensland.

Target group

All people with a disability aged from birth to 65 years.

Organisational Information

Established in 1979, Centacare North Queensland is the largest and most experienced provider of disability, counselling and related services in the North Queensland community. Centacare is a committed and a strong advocate of community inclusive practices.

Centacare’s DiverseAbilities program has been successfully providing a form of self directed supports to people with disabilities, their family members and committed persons in receipt of the Family Support Program since 2007. Choice and control in all aspects of self directed supports underpins all of what Centacare believes and practices as a Host Provider.

The Program Manager has lived experiences of disabilities and has personal experiences and expertise in Self-Directing her supports.

Host Provider Model

Our approach provides person centred approaches using ‘inclusion’ principles which support community connections and foster and support informal support networks.

Centacare’s Self-Direction Handbook outlines the roles and responsibilities of the person who is directing support (the person in receipt of funding, a family member or other committed person), and the roles and responsibilities of Centacare’s administration and finance services.

Centacare negotiates a fee that is a percentage of funding, which covers costs associated with providing the level of self-direct supports the individual/family member chooses. This may vary from the person managing the Self-Directed Support accepting full or part responsibility for the planning, budgeting and organising of the supports. As part of our approach, Centacare holds and administers each person’s funding in line with their funding agreement and will report directly to each person as much or as little as the individual/family member chooses.

As part of our approach, extensive time is spent with individuals/family members to explore the individuals’ gifts, talents and contributions and all the available options within the community; with individuals or families choosing services based on their needs and preferences.

Fee Structure

One off set up fee

$1,000.00 to $2,000 (depending on funding package amounts, complexity of needs and/or level of supports individual/family member request/need).

Annual Fee

  • 8% Person Centred Planning / Departmental reporting/Financial accountability
  • 9% Person Centred Planning / Departmental and Financial reporting and accountability requirements /assistance with Human Resources
  • 10% Person Centred Planning / payment of invoices/Departmental and financial reporting and accountability / Human Resources / Other Services (assistance to access specialist therapy/equipment/goods and services)

All fees are subject to change.





Contact name:
Lee-anne Whalley
Contact position:
Program Manager-Diverse Abilities
Contact phone:
07 4772 9000
Contact email:

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