A wide range of resources are available to assist the disability, child safety, youth, homelessness and community sectors to prepare and respond to change under the Sector Readiness and Workforce Capacity initiative.

Disability resources

Staffing Options has developed a suite of resources called Pearl to assist people with a disability, their families and carers to self-direct their support through Your Life Your Choice.

These resources provide information to assist people with disability, their families and carers to effectively manage their disability supports and funding through both a ‘Host Provider model’ where payment is made to a host provider and a ‘Direct Payment model’ where payments are made to the person with disability or their representative. They cover topics such as the following:

What is self-direction?

Self-direction is a funding arrangement that gives a person – and their close supporters – the ability to make choices that determine their life's direction.

A number of elements need to be in place for self-direction to work well:

  • having a clear idea about the kind of life you want to live
  • planning how this can best be achieved
  • understanding what is involved with the practical organisation of self-direction
  • being clear about how much you want to be involved in the management of support.

Resources under this topic cover: 

Planning 

The future of funding will be linked to planning and it is important that people with disability, families and the people they trust to work with them are prepared. Under the Your Life Your Choice program, host providers and disability services will require you to engage in a planning process that they choose. However, you have the responsibility and power to present a plan for the life you want to live. This is where you would outline the support, services and safeguards that you might require to make it happen.

Resources developed for this topic include practical examples of how to plan well and stories from individuals and families who have used their planning for choosing supports and services to help create the life they want to live. Topics covered in this section include:

Engaging your own staff

Self-direction under Your Life Your Choice offers you the freedom to gain assistance from the people that you want. You can engage them as employees or as independent contractors.

This topic covers:

  • the difference between employees and contractors
  • the rights and obligations of being an employer or a contractor of services
  • workplace health and safety
  • taxation
  • insurance
  • other legal and financial matters.

Resource include practical examples and templates to help you with your own system of paperwork.

      Working together for transformational change workshops

      The following resources were developed for the Working Together for Transformational Change workshops hosted by NDS throughout August and September 2013.

          decorative
          Preston is a city and locality in the UK that has become an exemplar in developing new local strategies for economic and social regeneration famous. It is also one of the UK’s most economically deprived regions. Through radically reforming how its anchor institutions procure services and the active...
          Collaboration for Impact has launched Platform C, a first-of-its-kind online resource designed to enable people to tackle complex challenges and create large-scale impact through collaboration around social issues like poverty, childhood vulnerability, domestic violence, homelessness and...
          decorative
          A free workforce analytics platform is available for non-profit organisations. The Learning for Purpose Workforce Analytics Dashboard provides a comprehensive staff survey and analytics for free. Organisations can use the free analytics to measure, understand and address employee and volunteer...
          decorative
          Information sessions on Queensland's Human Rights Act, which commences on 1 January 2020, are to be held for non-government organisations across the state. The Queensland Government, in partnership with Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC) and QCOSS, will hold human rights information sessions...
          decorative
          Queensland Alliance for Mental Health (QAMH) is holding it's 2019 conference Altering States - Evidence and Effect , in Cairns, next month. Be inspired by leading practitioners, peers and advocates to: create powerful messages to counter stigma use evidence to strategically drive reform and...
          decorative
          The Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC) provides training and information for organisations on the introduction of the Human Rights Act in Queensland. The online course Introduction to the Queensland Human Rights Act 2019 provides an overview of the key elements of the act. Content includes:...
          decorative
          Community Legal Centres is holding a webinar on the implementation of the Human Rights Act 2019. The Queensland Human Rights Act commences on 1 January 2020, protecting 23 human rights in Queensland law. Under the Act, 'public entities' including government departments and agencies are required to...
          decorative
          The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) and WorkAbility Queensland are hosting an NDIS Indigenous Business Forum. The NDIS sector (and broader disability support sector) provides business opportunities for: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander micro businesses Aboriginal...
          decorative
          Queensland's state cabinet has endorsed the introduction of a portable long service leave scheme for the social and community service sector. Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace announced her endorsement of the scheme which will cover all employees covered by the Social, Community, Home Care...
          decorative
          A policy and advocacy two-day intensive workshop will be in Cairns this week, 16 October to 17 October 2019. The workshop, by organisation For Purpose, will provide professionals with the opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals to develop the critical skills required to navigate the...

          Pages

          Are you looking for support in Queensland, or trying to find a service that meets your needs? Now you can search oneplace , the service directory hosted by the Queensland Family and Child Commission. oneplace is an easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get...
          Volunteering Services Australia (VSA) is a national network of community development services, that aim to assist the hundreds of not-for-profit and charitable organisations with the recruitment and management of volunteers. It is a member-based organisation committed to community engagement and...
          The Managing employees - How do we do that? webinar was specifically designed to help new and existing Management Committee Members to understand their responsibilities as an employer and also the responsibilities to their employees. The webinar covers: Communication between your committee and...
          DV-alert (Domestic Violence Response Training) is Lifeline's free nationally recognised training program that enables health, allied health and frontline workers to confidently: Recognise signs of domestic and family violence Respond with appropriate care Refer people experiencing or at risk of...
          Legal Aid have a series of captioned recordings about Legal Aid Queensland services on their YouTube channel . Videos for community, health and education workers can be found here and include their published community legal education webinars. Upcoming webinars can be found on the Information for...
          The Queensland Disaster Management website and the Get Ready website have a range of information and useful resources that can assist you to plan and prepare for an emergency. As part of your preparedness and planning for weather events, access regular weather forecast updates from the Bureau of...
          This handbook was produced in 2010 by the Queensland Alliance, the peak body for mental health in Queensland. It is a practical approach to helping Sector Development Workers improve their skills and understanding. It provides guidelines on establishing an ethical framework for practice and the...
          The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has produced the Planned Support Guide: an approach to case management for people working in a wide range of community services. If you are a front line worker, supervisor or manager this guide is for you. The guide assists in the development of a...
          UPDATE : Safe Work Australia's statement regarding the Impact on Volunteers From 1 January 2012 workplace health and safety laws will be harmonised across Australia and will replace the existing work health and safety legislation in all states, territories and the Commonwealth. While many parts of...
          decorative
          Author: 
          Louise Mullins, QCOSS

          Queensland, like the rest of the country and world, has a gender imbalance which impacts the entire community.

          Women’s financial disadvantage and economic insecurity have far-reaching effects that can span generations. As women continue to be the primary carers of children, it is...

          decorative
          Author: 
          Sam Mortimer, Queensland Council of Social Service

          Are you looking to build on your existing skills or finesse your knowledge in aspects of the community services sector during the new year?

          Community Door's eTraining suite offers a number of free courses you can complete at your own...

          decorative
          Author: 
          Louise Mullins, Queensland Council of Social Service

          The social service sector provides the community with services that meet a broad range of needs. The delivery of services aims to promote physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

          Groups in the community that are marginalised or disadvantaged, including Aboriginal and...

          decorative
          Author: 
          Liza Moore, Quality and Safety Advisor - MS Queensland

          Effective governance structures create direction, purpose and value. They offer frameworks for essential systems such as operational efficiency, IT and privacy, financial and risk management, as well as innovation. These together increase the likelihood of

          ...
          decorative
          Author: 
          Michael McAfee, PolicyLink President

          Michael McAfee, President of PolicyLink, in the United States of America, gave an inspiring speech to delegates of the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) conference in 2016. He held the...

          decorative
          Author: 
          Sharon Daley, Queensland Council of Social Service

          The change that has occurred in result of the successful #MeToo and #TimesUp movements has surprised many. It is hoped now that these movements will serve as a catalyst to greater gender parity around the world.

          The World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report...

          decorative
          Author: 
          Louise Mullins, Queensland Council of Social Service

          Many organisations have very limited resources so it is sometimes necessary to seek additional funding to ensure ongoing service delivery.

          Writing a submission for funding can sometimes be overwhelming, time-consuming and at times unrewarding, if unsuccessful, for an...

          decorative

          December is the perfect month to do some good by helping those most in need over the festive season.

          Countless families are struggling at Christmastime and the pressure on them is often more challenging than any other time of year.

          By sparing your time as a volunteer you could ease...

          decorative
          Author: 
          House Call Doctor

          Research shows Indigenous health professionals account for only 0.3% of the national healthcare workforce.

          This severe underrepresentation has a number of repercussions for the industry and Indigenous members of the community seeking culturally appropriate healthcare.

          “The...

          Author: 
          Michael Pegg, Jobs Australia

          Whenever an organisation employs someone to do work, they enter into the world of industrial relations and human resource management.  It’s not usually the main focus for the organisation and it can be hard to see why clause xyz of the something or other award matters.  But it in the world...

          Pages

          See videos from StudioQ related to this topic

          Share or Print