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Individual Funding Social Work Practice Group

Contact Convenors

Carmel Laragy
Mobile: 0427 982 298

Cassie Tu
Mobile: 0407 123 163


The Individual Funding Social Work Practice Group offers peer support and information sharing to any social worker interested in individualised funding services. This includes individual practice, community development and service system design in the disability and aged care fields amongst others. Disability services are being transformed by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and aged care by consumer directed care (CDC) and new roles and opportunities are evolving that are available to social workers.


The Practice Group meets every two months to share ideas, strategies and innovative approaches to working as a social worker in the individual funding environment.


Open to all social workers with an interest in this field of practice.

Meetings and Opportunities for 2020

All meetings are held in the Multi-Purpose Room 1, Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday St, Carlton from 6pm to 8pm.

Monday 10 February - our guest speaker will be Anna Millicar, Aged Care Specialist, speaking on 'Maximising individualised funding in aged care.' This is a free event but please register here.

Monday 20 April - Bridie Shea, Senior Manager, Local Area Coordination, City of Darebin & Yarra, Brotherhood of St Laurence is speaking about the NDIS on Zoom from 6-8 pm . Email to request an invitation to the meeting.

Monday 15 June

Monday 10 August

Monday 12 October

Recent Meetings

Monday 9 December 2019
Individual Funding Social Work Practice Group Dinner / end of year gathering.
6-8pm at 127 Café Go, 127 Pelham St, Carlton

Monday 14 October 2019
Speakers from Inclusion Melbourne, a leading, innovative disability service that moved away from day centres and provided individual services for years before the NDIS began, will discuss their work and opportunities for social workers in the NDIS.

Monday 12 August 2019
The speaker will be Sarah Forbes, Advocacy Manager at VALID, an advocacy service for people with intellectual disability working closely with the NDIS. Sarah has a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges the NDIS brings, and will discuss VALID's work plus opportunities for social workers to work with the NDIS.

Monday 3 June 2019
A representative from the Summer Foundation will speak about young people with disabilities who have complex needs and are at risk of entering an aged care residential service, or are already in an aged care service, and how the NDIS can support them to access alternative housing and support.

Monday 8 April 2019
This meeting will differ from the usual as we won't have a guest speaker. Instead, members of the group will share their experiences of individual funding - be this the NDIS or Consumer-Directed Care (CDC) in aged care. Everyone who has direct experience is invited to contribute.

Monday 11 February 2019
Guest Speaker Meredith Coote, General Manager at MABLE (formerly Better Caring) will explain their web based support worker recruitment service for the disability and aged fields. Some members are concerned about workers conditions in this web negotiated environment – this should make for some interesting questions.

Monday 8 October 2018
Guest speakers Melissa Robertson and Alexandra Riddell from Carers Vic spoke about Supporting Carers of people living with disability, aged care and mental health conditions– what services and funding can they access?

View further details of past meetings here

Links and resources

Contact the Victorian Branch

Level 7, 14-20 Blackwood Street
North Melbourne

PO Box 2008
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Parkville Vic 3050

T: 03 9320 1000

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AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers