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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:

  • Greater flexibility and control over the services you want.
  • You can determine the level of responsibilities you undertake and control you have over the resources and information.
  • You choose, employ and supervise your own staff with support from the Association.
  • You can deal with your own support staff directly without needing to go through a third party.
  • Greater involvement in the planning and decision making process where you can make decisions regarding the pay levels, conditions and hours of work for your support staff.
  • Services are personalised to how you want it and focus on individuals and families’ needs.

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 support from us.


What are the costs and fees involved? 

Annual Management Fee.
The Shared Management Annual Management Fee is between 8 percent to 12 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

  Shared Management Self Management
Employ your Staff Your responsibility Your responsibility
Supervise your Staff Your responsibility Your responsibility
Pay Staff Autism Association Your responsibility
Make other Payments Autism Association  Your responsibility
Hold and Manage Funding Autism Association  Your responsibility
Report to Funder Autism Association   Autism Association
Fee 10 – 12% 8 – 10%

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

  • Providing you with sample documents and Templates
  • Planning and budgeting
  • Coordinating your support – assisting with recruitment, rostering, supervising
  • Hold and administer your funding
  • Pay invoices as agreed with you
  • Obtain your Australia Taxation Office withholding payer number for (Person with a disability, parent or their legal representative)
  • Process Payroll
  • Pay employees by bank transfer
  • Provide employees with a pay slip via email for each pay period. At the end of each financial year we will provide employees with a payment summary and lodge a PAYG withholding annual report with the  Tax Office
  • Calculate PAYG tax and pay it to the Tax Office quarterly (please note: Lodgment needs to be made by you via your MYGOV account or your Accountant)
  • Reimburse you or your support workers for other expenses as agreed with you
  • Arrange and pay workers compensation and public liability insurance
  • Calculate and pay superannuation (if applicable, this must be lodge by you or your Accountant).
  • Provide you a budget report for each month so you know how much funds you have spent, and have left.
  • Send Annual Acquittal reports to 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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