Agreement has been reached between Australian Government and South Australian Government Bilateral Agreement.
The Commonwealth State Territory Disability Agreement (CSTDA) provides the national framework for the provision of government support to services for people with disability. Under the three agreements signed so far (the first in 1991), state and territory governments have responsibility for the planning, policy setting and management of accommodation support, community support, community access and respite care services for people with a disability. The Australian Government has similar responsibilities for specialised employment assistance.
Governments recognise that the nature of services may change over time. For example, services that may once have been categorised as disability employment services may, over time, change their operations so that they would now be more appropriately categorised as community access/day option services. Similarly, services that originally focussed on day options may have increased their employment focus to the point where they are more appropriately regarded as disability employment services. It may better serve the needs of those services and their clients for there to be a change in the level of government having administrative responsibility, to align with the agreed responsibilities under the CSTDA.