Self-Directed Funding Summary Fact Sheet

Self Directed Funding

Self-Directed Funding Summary Fact Sheet

Self-directed funding is a way people with disability can be more involved in decisions about their support by using funding they've already been allocated in a way that best suits their needs.

To apply for Self-Directed funding you will need to:

  • Have a disability as defined under the Disability Services Act 2011
  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Be a permanent Australian resident
  • Be a Temporary Protection Visa holder
  • Be a member of a family on a work or study visa sponsored by the Australian Government
  • Be under 65 years of age
  • Not be in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Tasmanian Cohort (aged 15 to 24)
  • Have been allocated an Individual Support Program (ISP) or Community Access (CA) package (you cannot use HACC or portability funding as SDF).

SDF Planner

If you wish to investigate self-directing your funding, you need to contact your local Gateway Service where you will be assigned a SDF Planner. A SDF Planner is someone who can help you decide whether SDF is the best option for you, explain the rights and responsibilities of SDF, and help you decide which model of SDF might work best for you.

SDF Plan

A SDF Planner can help you complete your SDF Plan. The SDF Plan has a Part A and a Part B. Part A is a Personal Plan and is where you list your goals under SDF, how you can achieve your goals, the timeframes for achieving your goals, who can assist you to achieve your goals, and the outcome of the goals. Part B is an Expenditure Plan and is used to cost your goals from Part A.


There are four models that you can choose from to manage your SDF package.

Direct Payment Model - This is an option where you and/or your nominated person receive the funding directly from Disability and Community Services and you/your nominated person pays for the services and supports to assist you in meeting the goals outlined in your SDF Plan.

Financial Intermediary Model - This is an option where a service provider of your choosing is responsible for making payments related to your SDF Plan on your behalf. In this option the service provider is called a Financial Intermediary.

Service Provider Managed Model - This is an option where your SDF is transferred by Disability and Community Services to a disability service provider nominated by you. The service provider organises access to the supports and manages the funding listed in your SDF Plan in partnership with you.

Mixed Support Model - This is an option where you can choose a combination of the Financial Intermediary and Service Provider Managed models. This means you could control some funds, but also use more traditional payments to providers for services or supports that don't have much flexibility (e.g. use the Service Provider Managed Model for regular personal support where you are supported by a worker in the same way each day).

You may find that, after commencing with one model of SDF, you wish to change to another model. You can change the way of managing your funding, including the option of not participating in SDF at all, by contacting your SDF Planner and completing a new SDF Plan.

If you have any questions about SDF, please contact your local Gateway Service.

South East

South West


North West

Mission Australia

10 Bayfield Street
Rosny Park  7018

Phone 1800 171 233


Ground Floor
175 Collins Street
Hobart  7000

Phone 1800 171 233


Level 1
Boland Street
Launceston  7250

Phone 1800 171 233

Mission Australia

Level 1, 35 Oldaker Street

Level 2 49-51 Cattley Street

Phone 1800 171 233