For people living with disability
Understanding NDIS funding
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is operated by the Federal Government’s National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and provides funding to eligible people living with significant and permanent disability to live as independently as possible and to lead an ‘ordinary life’. This is to be understood as being able to live a life with dignity, self-agency and to be supported to participate as fully as possible in social activities, the workforce, education, and civil society. By providing funded supports to the person with disability, the agency aims to enhance the social and economic participation of their carers too.
Specialist Disability Accommodation
This is an area of funding in the NDIS available to people for whom it is deemed reasonable and necessary to provide specially designed homes that can cater to their very high care needs. Find out more about Specialist Disability Accommodation.
Pathways to NDIS funding for Specialist Disability Accommodation
The Summer Foundation has some very helpful resources further explaining the NDIS and housing, including how to access it.
Supported Independent Living
This is an area of funding in the NDIS available to people for whom it is deemed reasonable and necessary to provide one-to-one and group based support services providing assistance with daily life tasks in a group or shared living environment. Cost of support does NOT include rent, board or lodging, or day-to-day usual living expenses such as food and activities. Residents pay the landlord separately for their accommodation.
Home Base Services provides the group home (rental accommodation), but does not provide support services. In many cases, Home Base Services nominate Mind Australia as the support provider to people living in their group homes, although other providers can also take a ‘head lease’ over a property to provide NDIS funded Supported Independent Living services to their customers. Find out more about Supported Independent Living.
For NDIS service providers
If you are a provider of NDIS funded Supported Independent Living services and want to provide support to a group of people living in shared accommodation, then the Summer Foundation has developed some very helpful resources to explain how it all works.
Home Base Services provides the group home to either Specialist Disability Accommodation standards or as an ordinary residential property. Support service providers can take a ‘head lease’ over a Home Base Services owned property to provide NDIS funded Supported Independent Living services to their customers.