The Community Participation program helps young people with disability to develop the skills they need to work towards their goals, increase their independence and participate in their community.
Community Participation is for young people with disability with moderate to very high support needs who need an alternative to paid employment or further education in the medium or longer term.
There are four levels of funding known as ‘funding bands’ in Community Participation. These are moderate, high, very high and exceptional. Each person is allocated to a funding band based on their support needs which are determined through the Post School Programs eligibility assessment.The 2016 funding amounts for each band are:
- Moderate - $26,501.81
- High - $30,745.14
- Very High - $47,377.70
- Exceptional - $66,260.86
The hours received can vary depending on how the individual’s plan is implemented and how the funding is managed. Hours of support are linked to the individual plan and will depend on the activities chosen and the support needs of each individual.
Community Participation funding is guided by two main documents: the FACS Individual Funding Handbook (PDF) and the Community Participation, Life Choices and Active Ageing Programs Companion Guide (PDF). These documents provide information about what supports and activities you can do in your program and how you can use your funding.
Community Participation program funding arrangements
There are three funding arrangements to choose from.
You and your family plan the things you want to do with help from your chosen service provider. The service provider will manage the money for your program.
For more information, read the service provider booklets on Register your program.
You and your family create an Individual Plan that includes all the things you want to do, who will support you to do these things and how you will manage your budget. The intermediary service provider will manage the financial, legal and administrative arrangements for you.
Direct Payment Agreement
You and your family plan the things you want to do and who you will do them with. You manage all the money and report back to FACS directly. If this arrangement interests you, you can apply to receive a direct payment. If your application is successful, FACS pays the money directly into your or a nominee’s bank account.
Contact your local FACS District to discuss the application process.
Access to TAFE NSW
Learning, skills development and further education are encouraged as components of a person’s individual plan.
For young people in Community Participation who are interested in pursuing studies in TAFE, it is important to note that there is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Family and Community Services (FACS)and TAFE NSW. The MoU outlines how FACS, TAFE NSW and FACS-funded service providers will work together to support young people receiving services under Community Participation so that they can participate in TAFE courses.
Employment and Community Participation
Part time or casual employment while attending the Community Participation program is encouraged. FACS will support young people in the Community Participation program to trial work options and gain paid employment.
If employment is ongoing and sustainable, Community Participation funding will be reduced on a pro rata basis. Pro rata arrangements can be discussed with the FACS District Post School Program Coordinator at your local FACS district office.
To find out more about transitioning into ongoing employment, you can also call the Programs information line on 1800 761 030 or email email@example.com.