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

Home Support Association: First Base

Available to

Rockhampton, Gladstone, Capricorn Coast, Mt Morgan

Target group

All people with a disability aged 0 – 65 years.

Organisational Information

Home Support Association has operated as a specialist disability service provider since 1993 delivering individualised support to people living in Rockhampton, the Capricorn Coast and Mt Morgan and more recently operating a day service in the Wandal Community Garden.

Host Provider Model

First Base will assist people with a disability and/or their families prepare for a National Disability Insurance Scheme to develop a personalised model of self-directed support that will meet each person’s unique circumstances. At First Base we know that good preparation is important to a good self-directed plan.
Funding provided under the Queensland Disability Services Act 2006 can only be used to meet your disability support needs. Your Support Plan is required to outline the rationale for supports and services you purchase as being reasonable and necessary in meeting those needs. Within the Framework, you will have choice and control over how allocated funding is used, and in this way, develop a plan to suit your individual needs for disability supports and services.

First Base will assist you to manage your responsibilities under the Your Life Your Choice framework. For example, you are required to:

  • Design and write your Self-Directed Support Plan
  • Prepare a budget
  • Purchase the supports and services
  • Report your expenditure against your Plan to First Base

In addition to this at First Base we can also assist you to:

  • Discuss your needs with other people to help you think ‘outside the box’ and ensure that support is timely, flexible and creative.
  • Make decisions about the type of support you want, how your support is achieved and who will provide it.
  • Build your confidence in managing your own supports over time.

Fee Structure

The fee schedule provides a choice in the level of support you may wish to purchase.

Initial Establishment Fee: $500 (exc. GST)

This is a one-off cost for each Host Agreement established.

  • Initial Interview
  • Establishment of the Host Agreement with Disability Services
  • Formal endorsement of your Self-Directed Support Plan
  • Establishment of the agreement between the Participant and First Base
  • Administration system set up
  • Information Pack and Participant Folder

Ongoing Administration Fee: 6% of annual funding (exc. GST)

This fee represents the cost to First Base of meeting requirements as outlined in the service agreement with the Department, and compliance with the Disability Services Act 2006 and other legislation. It includes all of the following:

  • Grant management with Disability Services
  • Up to 2 reviews of the plan per year
  • Quarterly collection and preparation of information on supports and services you have purchased
  • Quarterly reporting as Host Provider to Disability Services on the actual cost of those services and supports you have purchased, and
  • Management and administration of bill payments for purchased services and supports
  • An estimate of the cost of additional services you may wish to purchase to assist you to manage your Self Directed Plan yourself.

In the event that you accept full responsibility for the planning, budgeting and coordination of your Support Plan, the above fees are the most that you will be required to pay. In this case the cost of purchasing the supports and services described in your Plan may be managed by First Base as the Host Provider or may be advanced to you under the terms of your agreement.

Purchased Services: $46.00 per hour (exc. GST)

To further assist you to get the most out of your Self Directed funding, and to manage your responsibilities under Your Life Your Choice, the following list of options describes additional support services you may choose to purchase.

  • Design and write your Self-Directed Plan
  • Prepare a budget
  • Plan and prepare to collect information required to report on actual expenditure to Disability Services
  • Gathering information / Researching alternatives / Obtaining quotes
  • Coordinate the purchase of services and supports (including aids and equipment)
  • Assist you to develop processes for allocating, purchasing and reporting funds against your self-directed plan
  • Provide support to manage affairs with other government departments and agencies. (Centrelink, Transport, Health, Public Trust, etc.)
  • Additional services as negotiated. This may include for example; assistance with Human Resource Management and Work Health & Safety requirements, or information on managing payroll responsibilities if you choose to employ you own Support Workers.

Website

http://www.homesupport.org.au

ABN

65591388164

Contacts

Contact name:
Sheree Abotomey
Contact position:
Consultant - First Base
Contact phone:
07 4927 6383
Contact email:
firstbase@homesupport.org.au

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