State Minister furious at being frustrated in attempts to extract unjustified money from people
with disabilities, to fill the black hole in her budget last year, has been assisted to save face by
the creative accounting of her department, the Department of Human Services (DHS)
The department has bundled Rent and Housekeeping components for 2,300 residents of DHS
group homes throughout the state, to make these residents eligible to receive the full CRA
(Commonwealth Rent Assistance).
The department is, however, demanding this federal funding be handed over to the
department in exchange for spasmodic white goods and domestic items which residents are
occasionally required to pay in addition to that covered by their housekeeping charges which
are currently quite comprehensive.
Residents will receive around $270 per month in CRA from Centrelink. This will net the
department over $19,000 per year for a six bed group home or, $7.4 million from the 2,300
DHS group home residents throughout the state.
Given the intention of the CRA is the benefit of people, not state governments, we question
how much will go into the state government’s general revenue pocket, how much will support
residents and if the state government will ensure transparency of this federal money intended
for people not government coffers.
With the DHS to have a comprehensive one-fee similar to aged-care residential, many
families are concerned they and their family member will have little control or say in respect
to the quality of the bulk purchases - such as food, manchester and whitegoods. Residents of
aged care residentials pay a similar one-fee, and have no choice or say in their institutional
Lifestyle in Supported Accommodation (LISA) Inc
“The provision of quality of life care for all with an intellectual or multiple disability who live in supported accommodation, and that families need the support to be carers for as long as they wish to be, in the knowledge they have the right to a quality of life care accommodation and support package for their family member with a disability whenever they choose".
OBJECTIVES, ACTIVITIES AND STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
“To empower and support families with a member living in supported accommodation to better understand service provision procedures, care policies, standards and values, and thereby be better positioned to scrutinise service providers”.
Mr Tony Tregale
Department of Human Services, Disability Services,, Victoria
This is a state government department providing direct and indirect support services for vulnerable people