Recommended Reading: Seven Years Later – How Did The Brokering Model For Lifestyle Support Affect Services And Consumers In Queensland?

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Authors: Amanda Makepeace, Qld

Year: 2005

Event: 2005 TheMHS Conference

Subject: “Dabbling in the dark side – trialling the brokerage model”), deinstitutionalisation Project 300

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

ISBN: 0975765310

Abstract: This paper examines the impact of a funding policy on service provision. It revisits my 1998 TheMHS paper, which critiqued a new funding relationship between government, service providers and consumers. That model was part of a deinstitutionalisation program called Project 300. The model featured individualised funding for consumers, a brokerage system for distributing funding and the introduction of controlled competition between service providers. The brokerage model separated roles of purchaser and provider and offered consumers greater choice and control of their services. There were concerns that this might create instability for service providers. Seven years later, the sector has evolved. This paper examines the way that consumers used their choice and control over the years and the impact on service providers. In a hostile media environment and as the Queensland government embarks on a new round of funding reform in the disability sector – we ask “are there lessons from Project 300 to be heeded in the future?”

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