The Exploration and Design stage is an important starting point for your individualised living option. 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 individualised living option 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 individualised living option 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 individualised living option 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 individualised living option
- find out what’s possible and assess any risks in your preferred way of living
- assess if an individualised living option is right for you, or if there might be other options that suit you better
- design and make decisions about your individualised living option, 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 individualised living option 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 individualised living option supports will cost.
Your individualised living option 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 individualised living option supports
- the primary and supplementary supports in your individualised living option, including how many hours of support you’ll receive each week
- how this support will be organised and delivered
- who will deliver your individualised living option supports
- how much your individualised living option supports will cost to deliver and monitor (this step is likely to involve working with a provider who implements the type of individualised living option you have chosen)
- how your individualised living option supports fit with other supports you use. If you need support for activities outside your home, such as support for work or study, playing sport or going out, we'll include it in another part of your plan.
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.