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