Focus’ Vacancy Management Panel
Focus ACT’s Vacancy Management Panel is a team of experts who work together to identify the best placement for each new client and household.
A client or referrer completes the New Client Form which is passed on to the Vacancy Management Panel. The application form is then assessed.
Assessment is based on two factors: whether Focus’ Services have the skills and capacity to be able to support the new client and matching potential housemates in areas such as personality, disability, routines, etc.
When the form is being assessed, it can either fall into one of three categories: No, Maybe and Yes.
No: if the client is unsuited to Focus’ Services, then a letter will be sent advising of the decline
Maybe: the client/referrer would be contacted for more information to determine suitability
Yes: it the Panel deems the applicant suitable to be supported by Focus’ Services, the Vacancy Management Panel will then find a suitable vacancy and offer it to the client
Relevant steps are then taken to ensure that the applicant deems the property and services suitable, such as viewing the property, meeting the Client Services Manager and/or meeting potential housemates.
Upon identifying and agreeing on a suitable property, the support team will coordinate an Individual Support Plan, staffing and will present the service agreement which is signed by the client/guardian. Before moving in, the Housing Team will also present the occupancy agreement to be signed and will get the residence ready.