Mainstream services are those that all people generally use, including people with disability. These services may include government-funded services and services provided by the private sector. Mainstream service systems are obliged to provide services to all Australians and the Agency will work with all governments, and community and mainstream systems to influence their capacity to better respond to the access and inclusion needs of people with disability.
Plans for Scheme participants need to consider how broader community and mainstream services contribute to, and work alongside, Scheme funded supports to maximise outcomes for the person with disability. Local Area Coordinators and funded support coordinators will also work directly with participants within their local communities to support participants’ access to the Scheme and mainstream services. This will ensure the interface between the Scheme and mainstream services is managed efficiently and effectively at the local level, taking into account the jurisdictional context.
The considerations that the Agency must take into account when deciding whether a support is most appropriately funded through the Scheme are outlined in the Supports for Participants Rules. These have been agreed to by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) with a set of principles established related to the following systems areas:
- mental health
- early childhood development
- child protection and family support
- school education
- higher education, vocational education and training
- housing and community infrastructure
- justice and
- aged care.
The Principles to determine the responsibilities of the Scheme and other service systems, agreed to by COAG, outline the respective responsibilities of the Agency and various mainstream service systems for the funding and delivery of supports.
However, identifying responsibility for providing supports for participants can be complex. The Agency continues to work with parties to assist with understanding the practical implementation of the COAG Applied Principles and differentiate between the roles of the Scheme and mainstream services.
The parties continue to develop national working arrangements for access by Scheme participants to mainstream services, to be implemented at the jurisdictional regional level as part of Trial Transition Plans.
The parties will further consider the implementation of the intersections between the mainstream interface principles. Governments will work with the Agency to ensure the interface is managed effectively and efficiently in line with COAG policy decisions.
The parties continue to develop and implement specific communication strategies for each mainstream interface area consistent with COAG principles.
The parties will determine governance arrangements and escalation processes to resolve mainstream interface policy and practice issues to support transition to the Scheme.