Direct Payment Agreement
Under the NSW Government’s Disability Inclusion Act 2014 and the Living Life My Way framework, people can receive their disability supports through an individualised funding arrangement.
Individualised funding is funding that is allocated to a person rather than to a program, place, support or service.
An individualised funding arrangement places you at the centre of decision making about the goals you want to pursue, the types of supports you want to use, and the way in which your supports are managed.
You may choose to have your individualised funding arrangement with a service provider, an intermediary or a direct payment.
Why choose direct payments?
Direct payments are one of the ways you can choose and control the supports you receive to meet your disability related needs.
If you are currently receiving disability supports funding, and have the capacity to self-manage your supports, direct payments might be a good option for you.
Choosing direct payments means funding is transferred directly to your bank account so you can purchase the supports and services you need.
We want to make sure that everyone who can use direct payments will be able to do so in time for the full rollout of the NDIS in 2018.
The DPA may not be suitable for people transitioning to the NDIA within six months due to the time required to develop an individual plan.
People living in Districts that began transitioning to the NDIS from 1 July 2016 are not eligible to apply for a DPA. From February 2017, people living in Districts that will transition to the NDIS in Year 2 (commencing from July 2017) will not be approved to apply for a DPA. This is because the amount
of planning time for a DPA means that most people will not have adequate time to get their DPA up and running before the NDIS starts.
You can find out more information about the NDIS transition in NSW here.
The DPA was first launched to a limited group of participants so that FACS could learn lessons before it was made available to as many people as possible with individualised funding. The Nous Group conducted an evaluation of the launch phase of the DPA. You can read the Executive Summary here.
Receiving direct payments
To receive your payments directly, you must enter a Direct Payment Agreement (DPA) with the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS).
Under the DPA, FACS agrees to pay your funding directly to you and you must agree to spend the funding according to the terms and conditions set out in the DPA.
You can choose to appoint a nominee to enter a DPA and act on your behalf.