We believe that there are seven principles that underpin self-directed support:
1. Right to independent living
If someone has an impairment they should be able to get the
support they need to live an independent life.
2. Right to a personal budget
If someone needs ongoing support they should be able to decide
how the money that pays for that support is used.
3. Right to self-determination
If someone needs help to make decisions then decision-making
should involve that person as much as possible and reflect that
person's own interests and preferences.
4. Right to accessibility
People must be able to understand the systems and rules to
maximise the ability of the person to control their own
5. Right to flexible funding
When someone is using their personal budget they should be free
to spend their money in a way that best makes sense to them,
without unnecessary restrictions.
6. Accountability principle
The person with support needs and the government both have a
responsibility to each other to explain their decisions and to
share what they have learnt.
7. Capacity principle
People with support needs, their families and their communities
must not be assumed to be incapable of managing their support,
learning new skills or making a contribution.