Accommodation Support Policy
- Person Centred Guiding Principles
- Application of Principles
- Further Information
Person centred approaches are applicable to the full range of supports available to a person with disability, including supports that are provided by family and friends, supports and services that are generally available in the community, and specialised supports that are provided within the disability service system.
This means that people with disability have more opportunities to live the way they want, and in the most independent way possible, as outlined in the Living Life My Way Framework.
ADHC promotes person centred approaches in accommodation support by providing a number of different accommodation types for people with disability based on the person’s disability support needs and preferences. These include group accommodation, drop in support and individual funding arrangements.
The Accommodation Support Policy and its associated documents, referred to in Section 4, replace the Allocation of Places in Supported Accommodation Policy and Procedures (2009) and all its attachments.
These principles guide the planning and provision of supports to people who are eligible for accommodation support.
The principles demonstrate a commitment to putting people with disability, their families and carers at the centre of decision making about the supports they obtain from mainstream and specialist disability systems.
The Policy and Principles are implemented through:
- Accommodation Support Register Guidelines – providing the process for recording requests for and allocating accommodation support;
- Accommodation Service Provider Guidelines – assisting providers in using a person-centred framework in service provision. They refer to requirements under the ADHC Funding Agreement and recommended practices for accommodation service provision and safeguarding the quality of services;
- My Life and Somewhere to Live – Easy English guides for people with disability, their families and carers in understanding and obtaining services available from community and mainstream providers and specialist accommodation support.
The Policy’s Person Centred Guiding Principles align with the principles of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2006 (ratified by Australia in 2008) relating to a person’s accommodation support needs. The Policy and accompanying documents are governed by the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 and the National Standards for Disability Services.
The Disability Inclusion Act affirms that people with disability have the same rights as people without disability, including the right to exercise choice and control in the pursuit of their goals and the planning and delivery of supports. The Act guides the provision of disability services and will ensure that under the National Disability Insurance Scheme NSW continues to be a place where people with disability have access to mainstream services and are included in the community.
The National Standards for Disability Services have a focus on person-centred approaches and promote choice and control of their services by people with disability.
For further information regarding the Accommodation Support Policy and accompanying documents, please e-mail Accommodation Programs Branch at: