Applications Open To Fund Respite Services

Applications Open To Fund Respite Services

Victoria Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge

Call For Innovative Supported Accommodation And Respite

Victor P Taffa

The Victorian Coalition Government is calling for applications for funding to establish new and innovative accommodation and respite services for people with a disability, including those with complex needs and/ or a mental illness, Community Services Minister Mary Wooldridge said today.

Funded under a $41 Million election commitment, interested parties are invited to apply to provide:

1. New and innovative accommodation and support services

2. Flexible and innovative disability respite support and school holiday respite support

“At the last election we committed to delivering better supported accommodation options.” Ms. Wooldridge said.

 

“One way of doing this is to increase access to services and provide greater choice, which will help improve the quality of life of Victorians with a disability, their families and carers.”

“People with a disability have told us they want more choice in their living arrangements and carers are saying respite needs to be more flexible and affordable. We’re looking for new and innovative ideas that will help meet these needs.”

“We are also using the opportunity to identify service providers who want to partner with the Victorian Government to apply for capital funding under the Commonwealth Government’s Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund.”

Ms. Wooldridge said new school holiday respite support will be available for the 2011 summer holiday period and will give more people with a disability and their families and carers the opportunity to have a much needed break.

Interested parties can download a submission request form from www.tenders.vic.gov.au with submissions due by 10 November 2011, or call (03) 9096 0140 for more information.