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

Fraser Coast Family Networks

Available to

Maryborough and Hervey Bay

Target group

All people with a disability 0 to 65.

Organisational Information

As a host provider, Fraser Coast Family Networks Inc will play a pivotal role in supporting people with a disability and their families and/or carer’s, who choose to self-direct their funds, to take greater control of the types of support they receive and who or what organisation provides that support.

Our service has been involved in the provision of flexible and responsive services of all types for many years. Since 1993, Fraser Coast Family Networks has developed into an organisation which can offer individualised supports to meet the needs of the person.

As a partner of Wide Bay Burnett Coalition, Fraser Coast Family Networks is able to draw on the skills, experiences and resources of the other Partners to ensure costs are kept to a minimum and the quality of our services are above Industry Standards. Wide Bay Burnett Coalition provides the mechanisms for Partners to broker services between Partners for low or no cost, temporary or permanent transfer of service provision if a client moves to another location; and information sharing to assist Clients and Families without reproducing assessments.

Host Provider Model

Our model is developed around the needs, aspirations and goals of the person we support. It generally involves the following series of steps (but this obviously can vary depending on the individual, their circumstances, and urgency of their support needs):

We will engage with the person firstly in all cases; then, as directed by the person, their partner, family, friends, community, and any appointed decision makers. Through the involvement of an appointed assessor, the person will explore, articulate and develop their Plan, based on their immediate needs, as well as their dreams and aspirations for their future.

Once a Plan is developed and agreed upon, we will work with the person to identify the staff he or she wishes to provide the support should this be provided by Fraser Coast Family Networks; or from another organisation if this is the choice of the person. As well as identifying the supports to be put in place, any resources etc. necessary will also be identified and sourced.

Each Plan is monitored regularly with the person and adjusted as desired by them. Every plan is reviewed at least every three months for the first twelve months, then after that, at least each twelve months or sooner as required by the person and their family members.

At Fraser Coast Family Networks, we can offer a planned, external evaluation of the services we deliver. This evaluation can be carried by another member of the Wide-Bay Burnett Coalition at the request of the person, to ensure a fair and transparent evaluation is completed in a manner that allows for the open and honest input from all involved. Fraser Coast Family Networks will of course, carryout any internal evaluations and reviews of the Plan.

It is all about having choices and being free to make those choices.

Fee Structure

Stage 1

Deciding what you want, deciphering the processes and how can we help?

Initial Interview of approximately 1 hour, will allow us to work out if we have the capacity and contacts to meet your requests. We will assist you to find another service if we cannot help. Cost - no charge

Stage 2

Planning and Linking to make it happen.

Assistance and support for Clients/Families to define their needs and select services from organisations and individuals to deliver the required services. This Planning will be based on the principles of Personal Futures Planning and require a number of hours and involvement from significant others in your life. If you already have this Plan developed, this stage will not take a long to complete. You may choose to complete this stage in a number of sessions so all people can have informed input. Cost - 1 hour – 4 hours average or costed by the hour if longer @ $57 per hour

NB. The Client/Family are not obligated to purchase services from FCFN. They have the right to request services from other organisations and individuals and only require the services of FCFN for the Planning and Linking stage above.

Stage 3

Purchasing Direct Services from FCFN.

Option 1

Client/Family chooses their own Contractors/staffing and totally runs their own service including production of any necessary reports. FCFN only administers the funding paying accounts on invoice/s. Cost - 6% of total package

Option 2

Client/Family chooses their own Contractors/staffing and provides their supervision and direction. FCFN provides support and training for Client and Family in running their own services including assistance to establish insurance cover and industrial relation regulations obligations. FCFN produces any necessary reports. FCFN also administers the funding paying accounts on invoice/s. Cost - 15% of total package

Option 3

Client/Family elects FCFN to provide and supervise employees for direct care services. FCFN provides all conflict resolution. FCFN produces any necessary reports. FCFN administers the funding. Cost 31% of total package

Option 4

FCFN outsourcing or brokering (wholly or partly) direct service provision to another Organisation. FCFN will administer the funding as in Option 1,2 or 3 above and provide any necessary reports. Cost will be negotiated based on the total funding package (and or the outsourced part if applicable) per annum depending on the administration level of the agreement.

Formal Agreement – will be entered into specifying areas of responsibility and the roles of each person. Ongoing consultation and reviews will be conducted to ensure the agreement remains relevant and outcomes delivered.





Contact name:
Wayne Stark
Contact position:
Executive Officer
Contact phone:
07 4123 4735
Contact email:

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