EGL is about making it easier for disabled people and their families to create good lives for themselves.

The Objectives of the Enabling Good Lives Approach

Individuals and Families

  • Individuals and their families have increased control over their lives.
  • Individuals and their families are able to imagine what a good life looks like for them and experience supports and services as something that makes this easier to achieve.
  • Individuals and families have one “plan”.  In this plan individuals and families describe what they need and want to build a good life for themselves.  This plan is based on strengths, preferences and aspirations (dreams).  All supports, services and funders use the same plan as the key point of reference.
  • There is one pool of funding i.e. all government agencies will put the money into one “bucket”.
  • Any funding is worked out on a person by person and/or family by family basis.  Individuals and families have control of this funding
  • Individuals and families will have initial contact with an Independent Facilitator (Navigator).  They will be available to work with individuals and families in considering what a good life looks like for them and how they might achieve it. Note: Navigators do not decide on the level of funding. 
  •  Individuals and families decide on the level of involvement they want with an Independent Facilitator (Navigator)
  • Individuals and families have increased choice.  These choices range from managing all of their resources themselves to choosing to buy support from service providers.  Some individuals and families may choose a mix of  options. Others may want the  “say so” regarding their resources but have an organisation manage some or all of the tasks associated with making things happen.
  • Individuals and families will be able to connect with networks of disabled people and/or families to give them ideas about the choices they can make and the wide range of options that are possible.
  • Individuals and families will have input into designing and governing   systems, supports and services.
  • Individuals and families will have key roles in the monitoring and evaluation of any systems, supports and services.


Service Providers will:

  • operate with a clear set of principles and expected outcomes
  • negotiate how they work on a person by person and/or family by family basis.  Note: This will initially be informed by the disabled person’s plan.
  • experience one monitoring and evaluation process that is developmental.
  • operate according to a facilitation based approach i.e. make it easier for individuals and families to achieve their goals by tailoring supports rather than the provision of a set range of service types.
  • work to ensure community (generic) options are exhausted before specialist services are considered.
  • operate with significantly reduced bureaucratic restrictions.
  • experience the “system” as being supportive of innovation.


Government Departments will:

  • have shared principles and outcomes that guide their decisions and actions.
  • have a shared monitoring and evaluation process.
  • ensure that all endeavours they fund directly or indirectly (e.g. workforce development) operate in accordance with the same principles and intent as Enabling Good Lives.
  • be trusting and trustworthy partners. 
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