To access services provided by Burnett Respite Services, all applicants must meet the seven eligibility criteria set out in the
Disability Services Act 2006.
The Act states that a person's disabiltiy must:
- be attributable to an intellectual, psychiatric,
cognitive, neurological, sensory or physical impairment (or combination): and
- be permanent or likely to be permanent;
- have occured before the age of 65; and
- result in a severe activity limitation or restriction in
participation in self-care/management, interpersonal relationships, communication, mobility, learning or applying knowledge; and
in a need for ongoing significant disability supports.
As a diagnosis of a disability or the permanency of a disability may not occur for a child
under 6 years of age, eligibility can be based upon a significant developmental delay or a risk of a significant developmental delay for applicants within this
A number of conditions may not meet the full criteria, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which may not meet criteria 4 and 5 above, in
relation to the limitations or restrictions and the need for significant supports. However, where the applicant for service has ASD and a co-existing disability
that fits within the definitions above, that person is entitled to receive services from this organisation.
If you have any questions at all about
eligibility for receiving services, please phone or call in, or phone Disabiltiy Services Queensland on 4131 5417 and speak with the Intake Officer. They are
more than willing to help.