DisabilityCare will deliver a life-long approach to support people with disability through community linkages and individualised funding. This means rather than providing support based on the number of places in a limited number of programs, the scheme will provide funding so people can get the support they need, based on their individual support needs, goals and aspirations.’

DisabilityCare Australia is being rolled out in stages .

From 1 July 2013, in the first year of the scheme in South Australia, access will commence for children aged under six years.

From July 2014, the age limit will be extended to 13 years and in the third year of launch all children up to 14 years.

To participate, your child will need to meet age, residence, disability or early intervention requirements.

Age requirements: For the first stage, from 1 July 2013, your child will need to be born on or after 2 July 2007.

Residence requirements: Your child will need to

  • be an Australia citizen or a permanent resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen who is a Protected Special Category Visa holder and
  • spend most of the time living in South Australia and
  • be living in South Australia on 1 July 2013 or
  • come into your care after 1 July 2013 and you were already living in South Australia on 1 July 2013.

A child born in South Australia after 1 July 2013 with at least one of their parents living in South Australia on the day they were born would meet the residence requirements.

Disability requirements :Your child can meet the disability requirements if they have a permanent impairment and:

  • cannot join in activities or do things without assistive technology, equipment (other than commonly used items such as glasses) or home modifications or
  • usually requires help from other people to join in or do things.

  Early intervention requirements:

Your child can meet the early intervention requirements if they have a permanent impairment and there is evidence that shows getting early supports will reduce how much help they will need to do things in the future.

Your child may be able to meet the early intervention requirements if they have developmental delay.

What happens next?

From June 2013, you will be able to use the My Access Checker tool on the website to see whether your child may be able to access assistance from DisabilityCare Australia after 1 July 2013.

  More information

For more information about DisabilityCare Australia and the rollout of the scheme from 1 July 2013 visit DisabilityCare Australia

(The information provided above was taken from the DisabilityCare website)