The Exploration and Design stage is an important starting point for your ILO. Exploration and Design funding enables you to choose a support provider to work with you, your family and friends to help work out where you want to live and how you’d like to be supported. Some people choose not to use a service provider for this stage, which is fine too.
Wherever possible, decisions about your ILO should be made by you. You should be supported to be involved and make decisions as much as possible.
No two people will design their ILO the same way. Everyone has their own needs and ideas about what’s a safe and happy home.
The Exploration and Design stage will help you:
- explore where and how you want to live, including helping others around you understand what you want and how this will work for you
- understand your strengths and capabilities
- learn what you can do to build your skills through your ILO supports
- choose where you live, who you live with and how you’re supported
- understand how supports from friends and family, community supports and paid supports can all play a role in your ILO
- find out what’s possible and assess any risks in your preferred way of living
- assess if an ILO is right for you, or if there might be other options that suit you better
- design and make decisions about your ILO, with the people who support you.
The Exploration and Design stage provides the foundation for you to work out what you need and what you want. It also gives us information to help work out what reasonable and necessary supports you’ll need.
Depending on your circumstances, Exploration and Design supports may include help to find suitable housing or linking with other services that can help with this.
What is a Service Proposal?
At the end of the Exploration and Design stage, you and whoever is helping design your ILO will complete a Service Proposal. Your Service Proposal tells us how you want to live and who you want to support you. It indicates how much your ILO supports will cost.
Your ILO Service Proposal must tell us:
- about you and the people who are important to you
- how you’ve been involved in developing your Service Proposal and your ILO supports
- the primary and supplementary supports in your ILO, including how many hours of support you’ll receive each week
- how this support will be organised and delivered
- who will deliver your ILO supports
- how much your ILO supports will cost to deliver and monitor (this step is likely to involve working with a provider who implements the type of ILO you have chosen)
- how your ILO supports fit with other supports you use such as support for work, study or social activities.
We have a Service Proposal form (DOCX 86KB) to complete. You must be involved in developing the Service Proposal, and we need to know you agree with everything in it.