Design and Development of the Community Cooperative approach to sharing supports

Individualised Living Option

What is a Community Cooperative

Community Cooperatives comprise members who live in the same property, to share the cost of paying for on-site support and other resources, helping everyone’s funding go further. Through the cooperative sharing resources, the Cooperative makes privacy, autonomy and independence more achievable for everyone.

Community Cooperatives provide an opportunity for connection and collaboration, independence, and inclusion. But most importantly, like all cooperatives, they are an opportunity for like-minded people to come together for the benefit of everybody.

In the past, when a person with disability moved into care (i.e. a group home) the person, their family and supporters lost a lot of power – they relinquished much of their decision making to the support provider.

Community Cooperatives are not one-size-fits-all and are shaped by the people who live in the property, reflecting their interests, needs and wants.

Community Cooperative Living is a great way to get the most from your NDIS Core Support budget because you have the opportunity to optimise shared support with other members of the Cooperative; who are like minded people, who live close by.