The Department of Human Services plans, funds and delivers community and housing services in line with the government’s vision for making Victoria a stronger, more caring and innovative state.
DHS provide financial assistance, accommodation options, community involvement and other supports and services for people with a disability, their families and carers.
The transition from school to adult life presents young people with a wide range of options, including further education, employment, vocational training, volunteering and other community-based activities.
Young people who have disability support needs may find it difficult to access these options in the short or longer term and may need funded support from the Department of Human Services.
The Exploring the possibilities resource guide provides a starting point for young people with a disability, their families and supporters to explore the range of options available.
Post-school funded support is available through Futures for Young Adults (also known as FFYA). FFYA is funding provided by the department to support young people to access further education, training, employment or other community options that help meet their transition goals.
FFYA funding is provided for up to a maximum of three years from when young people with a disability leave school up until they turn 21 years of age.
Transition to Employment is funding support specifically for young people who want to get employment but who need support to develop the skills to get or keep a job, or receive help from an Australian Government employment program.
Information about FFYA and Transition to Employment is available in the Post-school transition support information sheet.
You may be able to receive funded post-school transition support if you:
- Are aged 18-21 years
- Are a permanent resident of Victoria
- Have been assessed as eligible and receiving/have received support through the DEECD Program for Students with Disabilities or equivalent in the Catholic and Independent sector
- Have a disability as described by the Disability Act 2006
Exceptions may be made for people who successfully complete their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) and leave school before turning 18 years
To be considered for funded post-school transition support, you will need to lodge an Application for post-school transition support.
The Victorian Aids and Equipment Program (A&EP) provides people with a permanent or long-term disability with subsidised aids, equipment, home, and vehicle modifications. The program aims to enhance the independence of people with a disability in their own home, facilitate their participation in the community and support families and carers.
Individual Support Packages are funds that are allocated to a person to meet their disability-related support needs. The funds may be used to buy a range of disability-related supports chosen by the person to assist them to achieve their goals. The funding may complement existing informal support arrangements from family and friends and/or generally available community services.
DiVine is an online community for and by people with a disability. DiVine aims to inform, engage and entertain. It is a vibrant, inclusive community that encourages participation. The website provides the opportunity to share your passion and unique perspective with thousands of other Victorians.
The Office for Disability leads and supports Victorian Government effort to help improve the lives of people with a disability and drive universal change.
The first of its kind in Australia, the Office for Disability was established in 2006. The Office’s mandate is to put disability on the agenda across the Victorian Government.
The Office works to implement a coordinated, Victorian Government response to disability. Its aim is to improve the lives of people with a disability and help address barriers to community participation.
The Office’s role includes:
- Providing expert support and policy advice to the Minister for Community Services.
- Supporting the Victorian Disability Advisory Council.
- Leading the development and implementation of Victorian Government policy for people with a disability.
- Working to improve community attitudes to disability.
- Running programs that support people with a disability to speak for themselves and protect their rights.
This information was sourced from the Department of Human Services Website and was current at time of publishing.