Independent

Living

Take your freedom to the next LEVEL

Break the surrounding boundaries and live just like everyone else. Having opportunities to make your own choices, decisions, and pursue your chosen activities are limited only in the same ways that one’s non-disabled neighbours are limited

NDIS Working with a support coordinator

Participants who receive supported independent living also have funding for a support coordinator. The support coordinator will help you find a provider to develop a roster of care submissions with you. If you do not have funding for support coordination, you can look for providers using the provider finder.

Learn more about who can help start your plan.

NDIA Plan for Independent Living

The NDIA has a plan to support people to move to more individualised living. Therefore, this review seeks to identify the evidence for interventions to enable the transition and inform the NDIA to deliver on this goal. The eligibility criteria for the environmental scan and grey literature were broader as these were a response to recommendations from experts in housing and transition, including an international steering committee. Project reports, policy documents, papers, and websites deemed relevant but not identified in the systematic review of academic databases were included.

The supported independent living funding decision process

The home and living support decision process aims to make sure we fund the right option for participants’ care and support that will work for them now and in the long term. We consider if the supports will assist the participant to:

  • pursue their goals
  • improve or sustain their functional capacity, helping participants do more things with less support
  • reduce or maintain their need for person-to-person supports
  • create better connections with their family, community, health services, education and employment.

The NDIA continually seeks to improve the accuracy and timeliness of our SIL decision-making processes. We will continue to work on practice improvements to that purpose. The roster submissions help communicate the type and level of support a participant requires. It sits alongside other information we need to decide what supports meet the participant’s needs and the amount of support that is reasonable and necessary, including:

  • any assessments of the participant’s support and accommodation needs
  • allied health professional reports
  • daily support needs pieces.

NDIS Assistance

Assistance in Supported Independent Living support items is in the Assistance with Daily Life support category, listed in the NDIS Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits. This set of supports provides assistance with, or supervision of, tasks of daily life in a shared living environment, with a focus on developing the skills of each individual to live as autonomously as possible. The support is provided to each person living in the shared arrangement by their need. The Supported independent living operational guideline details the types of services included and excluded from SIL. We do not consider vacancy costs when we make a SIL funding decision. Providers must not increase the price of supports or claim additional funds from other participants’ plans to cover vacancy periods.

Supported independent living

Is one type of support to help you live in your home.

It includes help or supervision with daily tasks, like personal care or cooking meals. It helps you live as independently as possible while building your skills.

Supported independent living is for people with higher support needs, who need some level of help at home all the time. Supported independent living is best suited to people with a disability who have higher support needs. This means you need a significant amount of help throughout the day, seven days a week. This includes overnight support. You can get supported independent living if you live with other NDIS participants. You can also get supported independent living independently, but other home and residence supports might suit you better.  Supported independent living funding can’t be used for rent or other day-to-day expenses like groceries. You can find more information in the Supported independent living guideline. Further information on supported independent living is available for providers

Independent Living and Moving Houses

How to support participants to explore home and living options

If participants have a new goal to explore home and living options or a change in circumstances, they are encouraged to complete the Home and Living Supports Request form. Participants don’t have to complete the form, but it helps document any home and living goals, current circumstances, strengths, barriers and ongoing requirements. The NDIA will review the completed form and any other supporting information. We then identify appropriate home and living supports that may assist the participant in pursuing their goals.

Housing is a human right (UNUDHR 1948, UNCRP, 2006). People with disabilities do not have the same opportunity to access their own homes compared to the general population. Historically, the dominant model of accommodation for people with disability has been the institutionalisation model or some other congregate setting.  The family home and remaining in the care of the family is also a dominant model of living for many people with disability, often without the preference of the individual with a disability considered.  Rising house prices and low housing stock make the possibility of moving out of home very challenging.

NDIS Requirements

Innovation in Disability Care to Independent Living

Innovative aged care models This review identified several approaches to providing senior care for people in the community and residential care. Most innovative models of care have not been rigorously evaluated, and evidence of their effectiveness at improving care recipients’ outcomes is limited. These programs require further testing before scaling up to more widely within the Australian context. The following approaches were identified:

  • Dyadic interventions for people living with dementia in the community and their carer, providing individualised training and support focusing on upskilling the carer.
  • Support workers, system navigators or care coordinators who facilitate a streamlined approach to care for people with dementia or other chronic health conditions
  • Small-scale, domestic models of residential aged care, where there is an emphasis on providing person-centred care that maximises the residents’ independence and participation in routine, domestic activities in a homelike setting for smaller groups of residents.
  • Respite provided in settings aligned to a person’s background and offering structured activities — For instance, respite provided in farm settings may be relevant to Australian populations in rural/remote areas, people from agricultural backgrounds, and those living with dementia.
  • Innovative models of care for homeless or at risk of homelessness that include relationships as a critical component, focusing on providing services beyond care and accommodation.

We only require a roster of care in two situations: 

  • As part of the supporting information for a participant’s first plan with SIL. 
  • If the participant has experienced a change in circumstances, this change in support needs can’t be delivered within the participant’s existing funding.
  • We do not require a roster of care if one of the above situations is not present. 
  • A roster of care does not determine the amount or type of support the participant will get in their plan. Any help must be discussed and agreed upon with the participant and delivered within their approved budget.
  • The NDIA does not approve or endorse a participant’s roster of care. We do not provide any feedback about an individual’s roster of care. Suppose there are concerns about a roster of care. In that case, providers should work with the participant, and their support coordinator, to ensure the registration of care supports the participant to pursue their goals.

Independent living means that a person lives in their apartment or house and needs limited or no help from outside agencies. The person may not need any assistance or need help with only complex issues such as managing money rather than day-to-day living skills. Whether an adult with disabilities continues to live at home or moves out into the community depends in large part on their ability to manage everyday tasks with little or no help. For example, can the person clean the house, cook, shop, and pay bills? Are they able to use public transportation? Many families prefer to start with supported living arrangements and increase independence