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What is an Individual living option in NDIS?

Updated: Oct 28, 2022

ILO is NDIS-funded support aimed at giving total choice and control to people with disability, to live in a dwelling with who they choose to live and whichever they wish to live. No seriously, not just in theory but actually in a practical world.


ILO was added by NDIA to the price guide in June 2020.


ILO model of living is more person-centric than ndis supported independent living model. Relationships are at the center front in ILO, which is very different from the conventional SIL model of housing; where rostered care is provided by paid support staff 24/7. Hence, much of an emphasis in the ILO type of arrangement would be to have informal care provided to the participant by friends or family or by someone willing to live and support someone with a disability by choice and in a friendly way. It is believed that such arrangements can bring more quality to a person’s life, allowing an opportunity for people with a disability to live an ordinary life.


Since I have heard, read, and have started to build our capacity as a team, to deliver ILO, I feel there is something very magical about this model, as I can see the value it may bring to the life of a person with a disability.


I know the question that is popping into your head at this moment. Perhaps all sorts of questions such as – can this be real? Or is it sustainable? Or is it safe at all?


And I get that, our cynism toward models like ILO is natural and can be resulting from our perception of seeing support provision as mostly a paid role, where services per hour are exchanged at an award level rate.


However, no matter how cynical it may sound, if done correctly and with persistence, I visualize that it can bring rich outcomes for a person with a disability, building their independence and capacity. We have heard and learned from some Organisations successfully doing it and are constantly getting better at it, serving more and more people with a disability and achieving quality outcomes for life.


Certainly, there may be risks associated with ILO, as it is with any service provision, but that needs to be managed. Because of the uniqueness of each ILO design, there may be a whole lot of other issues, that are new to such unconventional arrangements as ILO and hence may require thorough and in-depth planning at the initial stages of the ILO design process.


Once set up, It may further require a lot of fine-tuning and some form of ongoing monitoring. But one very important thing is the initial conversation and communication with the people involved, about what is expected, including the extent of work and the amount of trial and error involved.