Participants and providers have told us about the importance of finding, recognising, and promoting new ways for participants to pursue their home and living goals.
In response we introduced a new initiative to bring participants and providers together to design and deliver improved ways of delivering home and living supports.
We call them Demonstration Projects. Demonstration projects look at different ways of delivering home and living supports that give greater flexibility to participants and providers, are outcomes-focused, encourage better practice and ensure Scheme sustainability.
Round 1 Home and living demonstration projects
We launched a Market Information Request in September 2021 for providers to work with participants to submit a Demonstration Project they would like to test and evaluate alternative approaches in supported independent living.
We received 29 applications and used a competitive, merit-based process to select 11 projects. 5 of these projects have continued through to their implementation phase.
Each project tests a slightly different way of delivering supports and is aimed at delivering greater flexibility, improving outcomes, encouraging better practice with a focus on Scheme sustainability.
To support project implementation and evaluation, providers have received grants ranging from $50,000 for smaller projects, to $170,000 for larger projects.
The grants are helping to maximise the benefits of these projects for the participants involved and the broader sector through the delivery of a robust evaluation.