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Staff are highly trained and experienced in supporting people with varying needs and levels of disabilities.



Respite is a service designed to give clients and families a break. We currently have a Respite house where people can come and stay for between an hour to 2 weeks, more if need be for some clients, and this provides clients with a home like environment to support them in their everyday needs.

This service is available to both local clients, and clients outside the Hinchinbrook Shire (Queensland wide)

Fee For Services

There is a fee charged for this service:

16 years and over $40 @ night
0-15 years is $25 @ night
Hourly stay is $3 per hour or the nightly rate

(Prices correct as of December 2010)

Contact CRCC 1800 005 222 as they may be able to offer support for the Carer.

You must ring prior to your stay to receive this payment

Disability Service approval, the Client take home pack and other relevant information may be obtained by contacting the Respite Team Leader at the IDSS office.

Lifestyle Support Packages and In Home Accommodation Support


Parents of children with disabilities and children, who have reached adulthood and are considering moving out of home with supported care, are clients who would most benefit from the Lifestyle Support and In Home Accommodation Support packages.

These funds assist individuals with disabilities to live a regular life in the community. The packages are funded by the Queensland Government and granted to individuals by Disability Services. The funds are used to provide support services to the named individual who has the disability.

Funds assist with disability support staff, who aid the individual to live independently and/or to participate in the community; it also provides support for people with a disability to access public housing in the community.

If you have a disability or know of someone in the community that would benefit from a Lifestyle Support Package, please contact our Manager at the IDSS office, to discuss what may be available for your needs.

Community Access

Personal Support

This service has funding to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to participate and be included in community life. Community Access workers will support clients to access community events and activities, clients will be supported to build and maintain friendships with people in the community as well as forge bonds with others.

This service actively encourages clients to do things such as join sporting bodies or other organisations, go shopping, learn new social skills, and participate in community activities. Ingham Disability Support Service has a space in the High Park complex, where Clients have a home base in which to gather as a group or to learn skills such as arts and crafts, cooking and sewing. (Especially used in the wet season)

Community Access Clients go on regular outings, Tenpin bowling in Townsville, fishing, beach picnics, horse riding and outings to both our local area and beyond, these are all activities in which our current clients are enjoying. We also endeavour to do whatever the clients request as outings.

A $2 an hour fee applies for this service (price correct as of 21/12/10)

If a Community Access service is something that may enhance the life of your family member with a disability please call the IDSS office for assistance.

Home and Community Care


Helping you stay at home and in the community. Most people with a disability still wish to live in their own home, some find this difficult without support. IDSS can help eligible clients by supplying a trained support worker to provide assistance in everyday occurrences:

Household jobs, cleaning, washing and ironing
Bathing, Showering, dressing and personal care
Help with preparation and storage of meals
Help with shopping for household items
Transport for appointments or to the shops
Social support – help to integrate back into the community

A $2 an hour fee applies for this service (price correct as of 21/12/10)

If you feel you may be eligible for a HACC service please contact the IDSS office. You must be aware that our Workplace Health and Safety officer will have to inspect your premise, so as it can be deemed suitable for Support workers to carry out their duties.


Your Life Your Choice



Your Life Your Choice Host provider model is an arrangement where we support families to whatever extent needed, to assist them, to direct their supports, to the level they feel able.  We believe there are three general options with variances between these, firstly where the family receives minimum assistance from us generally just helping them draw up a plan for supports and the family then directs and administers all their funds.  Secondly, where we work on a plan together some aspects of the plan are administered by the family and other aspects are administered by the organisation and thirdly where a plan is developed with the family and we administer all aspects of the plan.  Changes in arrangements can occur at any time.  Under this model we can provide any support including community access, life skills, accommodation support, respite or a variety of all of these; alternately within the funding guidelines and industrial frameworks any type of flexible supports.

Fee Structure

Initially all potential service users will be offer a free initial meeting with our specialist ‘Host’ Your Life Your Choice coordinator.  During initial discussions a plan can be established that outlines the required supports. An initial plan based on discussions will be provided with financial quotes included.

Initial establishment fee- flat fee $300
Planning of package – 8% of package
Facilitation – 6-10% depending of complexity of package
Direct service provision 1:1- depending on award
Group service provision – depending on times and numbers costs change
Fuel charges in some instances
Respite fee structure separate and based on number of service users at time of bookingAll fees may be subject to change.

Contact Details

Your Life Your Choice Coordinator or the CEO
Phone: 4776 3755  Fax: 47763252
Email: to the Your Life Your Choice Coordinator