Source: National Disability Insurance Scheme (Supports for Participants) Rules 2013

 

Reasonable family, carer and other support

3.4

In deciding whether funding or provision of the support takes account of what it is reasonable to expect families, carers, informal networks and the community to provide, the CEO is to consider the following matters:

  • (a) for a participant who is a child:
    • (i) that it is normal for parents to provide substantial care and support for children; and
    • (ii) whether, because of the child’s disability, the child’s care needs are substantially greater than those of other children of a similar age; and
    • (iii) the extent of any risks to the wellbeing of the participant’s family members or carer or carers; and
    • (iv) whether the funding or provision of the support for a family would improve the child’s capacity or future capacity, or would reduce any risk to the child’s wellbeing;
  • (b) for other participants:
      • (i) the extent of any risks to the wellbeing of the participant arising from the participant’s reliance on the support of family members, carers, informal networks and the community; and
      • (ii) the suitability of family members, carers, informal networks and the community to provide the supports that the participant requires, including such factors as:
        • (A) the age and capacity of the participant’s family members and carers, including the extent to which family and community supports are available to sustain them in their caring role; and
        • (B) the intensity and type of support that is required and whether it is age and gender appropriate for a particular family member or carer to be providing that care; and
        • (C) the extent of any risks to the long term wellbeing of any of the family members or carers(for example, a child should not be expected to provide care for their parents, siblings or other relatives or be required to limit their educational opportunities); and
      • (iii) the extent to which informal supports contribute to or reduce a participant’s level of independence and other outcomes;
  • (c) for all participants—the desirability of supporting and developing the potential contributions of informal supports and networks within their communities.Federal Register of Legislative Instruments F2013L01063