Disability Maintenance Instrument: Frequently Asked Questions
Summary of key points
- DMI stands for Disability Maintenance Instrument.
- The DMI is a tool that determines the level of funding a provider will receive to assist a client in maintaining their employment.
- Only authorised personnel can access the DMI online, via the FaCS Online Funding Management System (FOFMS).
- A DMI needs to be completed for each client who obtains an 'employment outcome'.
- The DMI consists of 126 questions, categorised into nine domains.
- Each question is designed to cover a specific task or functional area that may affect the level of assistance a client requires.
- All questions need to be answered, by selecting the rating that best describes the client's situation.
- The DMI must only be based on the client's actual support needs during the three months prior to its completion.
- The final DMI score is automatically generated, using a computer program.
- The final score translates into one of four pre-determined funding levels.
- After a client's first assessment, a reassessment is required every two years.
- If a client's support needs change significantly three months after their DMI is completed, the provider can request a reassessment.
- Evidence is crucial, as it provides the facts required to accurately complete a DMI.
- Evidence should come from a variety of sources, and be collected from the workplace.
- All personnel may be involved in collecting evidence.
- Evidence must be stored securely.
- Internal or external audits can occur at any time.
(For more information about evidence, see the Evidence Guide for Disability Employment Service Organisations.)