About Disability Support Services

Disability Support Services (DSS) is responsible for the planning and funding of disability support services, and administers the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act 2003.

Disability Support Services (DSS) responsibilities include:

  • Purchasing disability support services for people (generally under 65 years of age) with a long-term physical, intellectual and/or sensory impairment that will require ongoing support (for more information on eligibility refer to Am I eligible?)
  • Providing policy advice to the Minister of Health and Associate Minister of Health on issues related to disability and disability support.
  • Hosting forums and groups where disabled people and stakeholders can discuss strategic disability issues and opportunities. This feedback is used to inform the policy advice to government, strategic direction and the purchase of disability support services.

Our strategic direction

Our vision is that disabled people and their families are supported to live the lives they choose. We are committed to increasing disabled people’s choice, control and flexibility regarding the supports they use.

We are continuing to focus on supporting people to live the life they want. This includes increasing individualised funding and trialling new ways of delivering services (eg, supported self-assessment).

For more information the strategies and commitments that guide our direction, refer to our Strategic direction.

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