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

Community Access Respite Services (CARS)

Available to

Brisbane City Council Region North of the Brisbane River; and Moreton Bay Regional Council area including Pine Rivers and Recliffe surrounding suburbs.

Target group

People with disability aged 0 to 65 and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who:

  • Are eligible for disability services under the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services eligibility policy;
  • Have ongoing (recurrent) funding; and
  • Have individualised funding.

CARS also meets the needs of people with disability from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Organisational Information

CARS is a not for profit organisation that has been providing therapy and disability services to children and adults since 1994 and provides the following services:

  • In home respite care
  • Accommodation support
  • Personal care
  • Social support
  • Domestic assistance
  • Community access
  • Occupational Therapist, Social Worker and counselling
  • Community participation and social inclusion; and
  • Learning and life skills.

For more detailed information about the services provided by CARS and how to access them please visit our website or contact one of staff.

Host Provider Model

CARS approach is flexible, collaborative and designed to meet each person's changing needs. We build upon a person's strengths and capacity so that they can make informed choices about the services and support they require.

CARS works in partnership with a person and their family to ensure that they are able to exercise choice and control about how:

  • A person is supported;
  • Who supports them; and
  • When and how the funding for the delivery of services best meets their needs.

Agreements with CARS for service provision can be varied and changed in response to a person's needs and allows flexibility to interchange between the two models of service delivery.

Model 1

Finanical Intermediary Services - CARS receives the funding quarterly and pays for the person’s chosen services , less the administration fee. The participant and/or families will take on full legal responsibilities of being an employer while employing their own support workers. The participant and/or families will provide CARS with evidence of expenditure in a timely manner for reimbursement. CARS is responsible as the host provider for financial and statistical acquittals to the Department of Communites, Child Safety and Disability Services. Each month the participant and/or family will receive a monthly client statement of expenditure.

Model 2

Planning and Case Management - CARS will receive the funds quarterly and pays for the person’s chosen services less, the administration fee. In this model CARS is the employer for all support workers and complete all legal responsibilities of employing staff. This model includes recruitment selection, employment , training and staff supersion. Each month evidence of expenditure will be provided to the particiapant and / or family by CARS in timely manner. The participant and/or family are contacted on a regular basis to ensure that their needs are being met and if changes are required to the support model.

Fee Structure

Establishment fee

$100 (one off cost)

Model 1

3% administration and case management fee

Model 2

5% administration and case management fee





Contact name:
Ms Deb Meiers
Contact position:
Flexible Funding Coordinator & Client Liaison Officer
Contact phone:
07 3350 6651
Contact email:

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