The Post School Programs Eligibility Assessment is used by FACS to find out if a young person is eligible for an FACS funded Post School program (either the Transition to Work or Community Participation program).
This assessment also determines what funding level (called a funding band) the young person will receive if they are eligible for Community Participation.
The assessment determines each young person’s eligibility by looking at the type and level of support that they will need after leaving school.
Assessments are carried out by consultants or teachers who have been trained by ADHC and the Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong. Young people and their parents/guardians are encouraged to take part in the assessment.
Assessments can take place at a face-to-face meeting with the assessor, or in some circumstances, for example where distance is a barrier, an assessment may take place over the phone or be conducted based on pre-existing knowledge of the young person and their support needs.
The Post School Programs Eligibility Assessment was developed by the Australian Health Services Research Institute at the University of Wollongong.
Information for young people and their families
This fact sheet is also available in the following languages:
- Chinese Simplified
- Chinese Traditional
Consent to be assessed
Before an assessment can begin the person or their parent/guardian must consent to the assessment.
Consent is given by filling out the Information Recording Consent Form for 2016 School Leavers (PDF). Once this form is completed it must be given to the assessor before the assessment can proceed.
The Information Recording Consent Form for 2016 school leavers fact sheet is also available in the following languages:
- Chinese Simplified
- Chinese Traditional
Frequently asked questions about the eligibility assessment
What does the eligibility assessment forms include?
Information is recorded including the person’s name, age, gender, country of birth, address, school and disability type.
This section looks at key areas in a person’s life where they require assistance and the level of the support which is needed. The Functional Assessment section is divided into four parts:
- Functional Overview
- Domestic Activities of Daily Living
- Self Care Assessment
- Behavioural Functioning Assessment
Other information may be included to assist in understanding the person’s support needs, including information from families and carers. If there is any information that the person or their parent/guardian feels has not been adequately addressed, it should be included in this section.
What is the process?
The assessment forms are completed and lodged electronically with FACS. The assessor will provide a copy of the assessment to the applicant and their parent/guardian if they request it.
When the completed assessments are received by FACS, personal details are removed and the information is sent to the Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong for analysis and to identify eligibility for a Transition to Work or Community Participation program, and, if eligible for Community Participation, the most suitable funding band.
When will eligibility assessment outcomes be known?
In early September FACS will contact all young people who were assessed as part of the Eligibility Assessment process to inform them about their eligibility for a Transition to Work or Community Participation program, and if eligible for Community Participation, the allocated funding band. If a person lives in a District transitioning to the NDIS from 1 July 2016 information will be provided about the next steps.
Can the outcome of the eligibility assessment be reviewed?
Yes. Young people and their parent/guardians can submit a review to FACS by completing a Review Information Consent Form and including all relevant information. More information about the review process will be included with the letter young people receive about the outcome of their assessment.
More information on the review process
How can I make a complaint about the application, assessment or review process?
If a person or their parent/guardian is dissatisfied with the way in which their application, assessment or review is administered, or with the conduct of an FACS employee during the process or any related service delivery or policy issue, they have the right to make a complaint. Information about this process is available from the Life Skills and Employment Information Line on 1800 761 030 or the ADHC website www.adhc.nsw.gov.au.