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What is a Shared Management Service?

Shared Management is the agreed sharing of service management responsibilities between you and the Autism Association of Western Australia.

Common Questions

We have answered some of the most common questions below, to help you decide if this service is suitable for you:

  • Provides greater flexibility and control over the services you want.
  • You can determine the level of responsibilities you undertake and the control you have over resources and information.
  • You choose, employ and supervise your own staff with support from us.
  • You can deal with your own support staff directly without needing to go through a third party.
  • Gives you greater involvement in the planning and decision-making process where you can decide pay levels, conditions and hours of work for your support staff.
  • Your services are personalised to your needs and those of your family.

1. Self-management:

We manage your funding and will release a lump sum to you each month or as negotiated and acquit the funds to DSC. You employ and pay your own support staff and provide evidence of invoices. A separate bank account is required.

2. Shared management:

We manage your funding and use the funds to pay all expenses and invoices, including staff wages, insurances and other expenses. You employ and supervise your own support staff with guidance from us.

3. Shared management with coordination:

We manage your funding, recruit, supervise and pay your support staff, including your staff wages and other expenses. We provide you with support to manage your staff and access further resources that you may require.

Annual Management Fee:

The Shared Management Annual Management Fee is between three percent to 10 percent of your funding, depending on the option you choose and the amount of funding you have.

Workers Compensation and Public Liability Insurance:

It is mandatory to pay Workers Compensation and Public Liability Insurance for your employees and the amount will depend on the wages you pay during a one year period.

The rest of the funds will be spent according to your family’s needs. You may choose to use some of your funding for staff transport, training, advertising, respite services and similar.

Quick comparison table for each option

  Self Management Shared Management Shared Management with
Employ your staff Your responsibility Your responsibility Your responsibility
Supervise your staff Your responsibility Your responsibility  Autism Association
Pay staff Your responsibility  Autism Association  Autism Association
Make other payments Your responsibility  Autism Association  Autism Association
Hold and manage funding Your responsibility  Autism Association  Autism Association
Report to funder  Autism Association  Autism Association  Autism Association
Cost 3–5% 7–10% Minimum of 10 services at $487

Depending on the arrangement you have with us, we can assist you with the following:

  • Coordinating your support, including assisting with recruitment, rostering and supervising.
  • Providing you with sample documents.
  • Planning and budgeting.
  • Holding and administering your funding.
  • Paying invoices as agreed with you.
  • Obtain your Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Withholding Payee Number for a person with a disability, parent or his or her legal representative.
  • Calculating payroll.
  • Paying employees by bank transfer
  • Providing employees with a pay slip for each pay period.
  • Calculating PAYG tax and paying it to the ATO.
  • Providing quarterly tax statements to the ATO.
  • At the end of financial year providing employees with a Pay and Allowances Summary (group certificate) and lodging a PAYG Withholding Annual Report with the ATO.
  • Reimbursing you or your support workers for other expenses as agreed with you.
  • Arranging and paying Workers Compensation and Public Liability Insurance.
  • Calculating and paying superannuation (if applicable).
  • Providing you a budget report for each month, so you know the funds you have available.
  • Sending Annual Acquittal reports to Department of Communities – Disability Services (previously Disability Services Commission).

Please note that the Autism Association will not provide legal or tax advice or make any decisions on who you employ; the final decision will always rest with you.

Commonly, funds are used for individuals to receive support to connect to the wider community, develop new skills and expand their social networks, if they choose. Funds are generally assigned to services such as social support, family support, holiday support and respite breaks.

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