Commonwealth, State and Territory Disability Agreements

The Commonwealth State Territory Disability Agreement (CSTDA) provides the national framework for the delivery, funding and development of specialist disability services for people with disabilities.



The Commonwealth State Territory Disability Agreement

The Commonwealth State Territory Disability Agreement (CSTDA) provides the national framework for the delivery, funding and development of specialist disability services for people with disabilities.

Through the Agreement, the Australian, State and Territory Governments strive to enhance the quality of life experienced by people with disabilities through assisting them to live as valued and participating members of the community.

Multilateral Agreement

The third CSTDA was due to expire on 30 June 2007, however the Australian, State and Territory Governments have agreed to an extension to 31 December 2008 to enable negotiations for a new National Disability Agreement.

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Variations to Commonwealth State Territory Disability Agreement 3

State and Territory Disability Ministers have signed all three variations to the Third Commonwealth State Territory Disability Agreement.

Third Variation Agreements (1 July 2008 - 31 December 2008)

This Variation Agreement is made between the following parties:

  1. The Commonwealth of Australia as represented by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (the Commonwealth)
  2. the State of New South Wales as represented by the Minister for Disability Services
  3. the State of Victoria as represented by the Minister for Community Services
  4. the State of Queensland as represented by the Minister for Disability Services
  5. the State of Western Australia as represented by the Minister for Disability Services
  6. the State of South Australia as represented by the Minister for Disability
  7. the State of Tasmania as represented by the Minister for Health and Human Services
  8. the Australian Capital Territory as represented by the Minister for Disability and Community Services
  9. the Northern Territory as represented by the Minister for Family and Community Services

Second Variation Agreements (1 January 2008 - 30 June 2008)

This Variation Agreement is made between the following parties:


  1. The Commonwealth of Australia as represented by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (the Commonwealth)
  2. the State of New South Wales as represented by the Minister for Disability Services
  3. the State of Victoria as represented by the Minister for Community Services
  4. the State of Queensland as represented by the Minister for Disability Services
  5. the State of Western Australia as represented by the Minister for Disability Services
  6. the State of South Australia as represented by the Minister for Disability
  7. the State of Tasmania as represented by the Minister for Health and Human Services
  8. the Australian Capital Territory as represented by the Minister for Disability and Community Services
  9. the Northern Territory as represented by the Minister for Family and Community Services

First Variation Agreements (1 July 2007 - 31 December 2007)

This Variation Agreement is made between the following parties:

  1. The Commonwealth of Australia as represented by the Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (the Commonwealth)
  2. the State of New South Wales as represented by the Minister for Disability Services
  3. the State of Victoria as represented by the Minister for Community Services
  4. the State of Queensland as represented by the Minister for Disability Services
  5. the State of Western Australia as represented by the Minister for Disability Services
  6. the State of South Australia as represented by the Minister for Disability
  7. the State of Tasmania as represented by the Minister for Health and Human Services
  8. the Australian Capital Territory as represented by the Minister for Disability and Community Services
  9. the Northern Territory as represented by the Minister for Family and Community Services

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Commonwealth State Territory Disability Bilateral Agreements

The Australian Government has signed individual agreements with each state and territory under the umbrella of the Multilateral Agreement. These provide a framework outlining objectives and policy priorities for people with disability.

There are three distinct areas for which there are additional bilateral agreements with some states and territories, specifically in areas of:

  • The situation of young people living in Australian Government funded residential aged care facilities (all jurisdictions);
  • Respite for Older Carers (all jurisdictions); and
  • Transfer of administrative responsibility for disability services (SA and NSW).

Younger People with Disability in Residential Aged Care Program

On 10 February 2006 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to initiate a new program to reduce the numbers of younger people with disability living in nursing homes throughout Australia. Governments implemented the joint Commonwealth, State and Territory program from July 2006.

The three key objectives of the Younger People with Disability in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC) Program are to:

  1. move younger people with disability currently in residential aged care into appropriate supported disability accommodation; where supported disability accommodation can be made available and only if the client chooses to move
  2. divert future admissions of younger people with disability who are at risk of admission to residential aged care into more appropriate forms of accommodation; and
  3. enhance the delivery of specialist disability services to those younger people with disability who choose to remain in residential aged care, and if residential aged care remains the only available suitable supported accommodation option.

Participation in the YPIRAC program is voluntary.

The initial priority of the program will be for people under 50 years of age.

COAG determined that responsibility for the day-to-day management of the program should rest with state and territory governments, and that implementation should take account of the individual circumstances applying in each jurisdiction.

A 'model' bilateral agreement, setting out a broad description of the program, the roles and responsibilities of the parties, and evaluation and performance reporting requirements is available for information.

'Model' bilateral agreement - COAG Younger People with Disability in Residential Aged Care Program

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State and Territory programs

For more information about the YPIRAC program and disability services in each state and territory, please contact:
 

State Contact details
Australian Capital Territory Phone:(02) 6207 1086
TTY: (02) 6205 0888
Email: disabilityact@act.gov.au
Website: www.dhcs.act.gov.au
New South Wales Phone: 1800 467 622
Email: ypirac@dadhc.nsw.gov.au
Website: www.dadhc.nsw.gov.au
Northern Territory Phone: 1800 139 656
Phone: (08) 8951 5115
Email: disability.dhcs@nt.gov.au
Website: www.health.nt.gov.au
Queensland Phone: 1800 177 120,
TTY: 1800 010 222
Email: ypirac@disability.qld.gov.au
Website: www.disability.qld.gov.au
South Australia Phone: (08) 8372 1478 (Sharon Evans)
Email: sharon.evans@dfc.sa.gov.au
Tasmania Phone: (03) 6230 7525
Email: disability.stateoffice@dhhs.tas.gov.au
Website: www.dhhs.tas.gov.au
Victoria Phone: (03) 9096 8724
Email: myfuturemychoice@dhs.vic.gov.au
Website: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/
Western Australia Phone: 1800 998 214
Phone: (08) 9426 9600
TTY: (08) 9426 9315
Email: yprac@dsc.wa.gov.au
Website: www.disability.wa.gov.au


Request for Information - innovative approaches to support and accommodation for younger people with disability


In connection with the COAG initiative, the Department, on behalf of the Australian Government, issued a public Request for Information on arrangements for the care and support of younger people with disability.

Advertisements requesting information were placed in all national newspapers in July 2006. Seventy-eight public submissions were received from a range of respondents including service providers, peak representative bodies, advocacy groups and individuals.

A summary report has been developed for public release. The report does not endorse preferred service delivery models or particular views. It is simply designed to share information and encourage discussion about suggested options for future support and care arrangements.

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Increased access to respite care for older carers

In the 2004-05 Budget, the Australian Government announced that it would provide $72.5 million over four years from 2004-05 to 2007-08, to increase access to respite care for older parents caring for their sons and daughters with a disability. Under this measure, parents aged 70 years and over who provide primary care for a son or daughter with a disability will be entitled to up to four weeks respite care a year. Parent carers aged between 65 and 69 who themselves need to be hospitalised will be entitled to up to two weeks respite care a year.

This increased level of access to respite care is subject to state and territory governments matching the Australian Government's offer and managing combined funds to directly assist older parent carers. As part of the announcement, the then Minister for Family and Community Services indicated that this Budget measure would be implemented via bilateral agreements between Australian Government and state and territory governments under the Commonwealth State Territory Disability Agreement.

Agreements have been reached as follows:

Transfer of services

The Commonwealth State Territory Disability Agreement (CSTDA) provides the national framework for the provision of government support to services for people with disability. Under the three agreements signed so far (the first in 1991), state and territory governments have responsibility for the planning, policy setting and management of accommodation support, community support, community access and respite care services for people with a disability. The Australian Government has similar responsibilities for specialised employment assistance.

Governments recognise that the nature of services may change over time. For example, services that may once have been categorised as disability employment services may, over time, change their operations so that they would now be more appropriately categorised as community access/day option services. Similarly, services that originally focussed on day options may have increased their employment focus to the point where they are more appropriately regarded as disability employment services. It may better serve the needs of those services and their clients for there to be a change in the level of government having administrative responsibility, to align with the agreed responsibilities under the CSTDA.

Agreement has been reached as follows:

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Memorandum of Understanding for $100 Million Investment in Supported Disability Accommodation

On 4 May 2008 the Prime Minister and Minister for Families, Housing, Community and Indigenous Affairs jointly announced the investment of $100 million in capital funds for supported accommodation.

The funding has been distributed to State and Territory Governments on a potential population basis, with no requirement for matched funding.

This funding will be used to establish new supported accommodation facilities for people with disability.

Capital Works Funding Memorandum of Understanding

Between the Commonwealth of Australia as represented by and acting through the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

AND

New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
Western Australia
South Australia
Tasmania
Australian Capital Territory
Northern Territory

for various capital works projects to assist with the provision of Supported Accommodation Facilities for people with disability.

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Transfer of Administrative Responsibilities of Disability Assistance Package $901 million, Targeted Support and Transition Support Services

On 30 May 2008, Disability Ministers agreed that the $901 million being offered by the Commonwealth to the States and Territories will be distributed on a disability potential population basis and will be matched by State and Territory Governments. All jurisdictions also agreed to continue to share information and work cooperatively in identifying opportunities to improve support services for people with disability with the $1.8 billion total in funding.

The Australian Government has signed individual agreements with each State and Territory Government. There are three separate elements to these Bilateral Agreements, they are:

  1. the transfer of the $901 million component of the former Government's Disability Assistance Package;
  2. the novation of funding agreements for respite capacity building; and
  3. the transfer of administrative responsibility for the delivery of targeted support services.

Agreements have been reached as follows:

Submission to the Australian Government consultations around supported accommodation options conducted in 2007 were provided to State and Territory Governments following the signing of these Bilateral Agreements.

A copy of the Departmental Report on findings from the consultation is available here:

Commonwealth State Territory Disability Agreement Annual Public Reports

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Community and Disability Services Ministers' Advisory Council

The Community and Disability Services Ministers' Advisory Council (CDSMAC) is an official forum of senior Commonwealth, State and Territory Disability officials who discuss nationally significant disability policy issues that are relevant to the provision of specialist disability services. They advise Ministers on matters pertaining to the services covered by the Commonwealth State Territory Disability Agreement and the national framework.

Disability Policy and Research Working Group

The Disability Policy and Research Working Group (DPRWG) is a working party to CDSMAC which discusses Commonwealth State Territory Disability Agreement (CSTDA) management issues and oversees the development and implementation of the CSTDA Implementation Workplan.
Research and development

Under the CSTDA, the Australian, State and Territory Governments contribute to a research and development trust fund for research into disability issues of national significance. The Australian Government is responsible for managing the trust fund on behalf of all jurisdictions. The Disability Policy and Research Working Group is responsible for selecting research projects on the basis that they must have a joint state/territory and Australian Government focus and seek to address national disability issues.

 

Related information

National Standards for Disability Services

Content Updated: 14 June 2012