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Suburban Family Home

Independent Living (SIL)

Our commitment to creating an ideal home for a person with a disability makes us different. 

We aim to not just provide ordinary housing with support but a genuine commitment to building a relationship-based home model between caregivers and ndis participants living in the home.

Sharing life and doing daily living activities with you towards building your independence, is our goal.

Current SIL Vacancies

Werrington Sydney 

What is Supported Independent Living? 

Also known as SIL disability housing - is a type of residency and support arrangement under NDIS, where 24/7 support is provided by a SIL provider.


Disability supports in this type of residency are carefully planned and organized on a roster of care, to ensure that care is provided 24/7 as per the need of the client. The client stays in a home that is arranged and/or organised by the SIL home provider.


SIL Provider ensures that the support is provided by friendly and caring disability support staff for the daily routines, community outings, attendance to appointments and engaging in other activities of interest to build the client's independence as best as possible. This type of arrangement can be in the form of medium to long-term arrangements.

SIL provider responsibly maintains the level of support needed as required in a SIL home enabling a client to live as independently as possible and helping to build their day-to-day life skills.

Three blocks of funding you may need for living in an NDIS SIL Accommodation.

1. NDIS funding for Daily Living Supports 

These are fortnightly payments, that are claimed from NDIA from the yearly funding packages within your NDIS plan. You need to be eligible for NDIS SIl package before looking for a SIL accommodation.

Once you have the approval, service providers like us can then work with you, your family, or your support coordinator to build a support structure around your needs and the SIL Funding is negotiated between the service provider and NDIA based on your requirements.


A Quotation is then submitted by the SIL provider to NDIA using a tool called NDIS SIL Quoting tool. The submitted Quote must align the support ration in accordance with the criteria of reasonable and necessary supports, as per the NDIS SIl rules.

2. Rent and Board (Disability Support Pension)

NDIA funding does not cover rent and board costs in a disability accommodation such as SIL.


So, during your stay in the SIL accommodations, the rent and board costs can be paid from your Disability support pension that you may be receiving from Centrelink. 


The rent and board costs could also be paid via any other sources of income you may have depending upon the choice you make and as agreed with the service provider. Usually, the service provider charges up to 75% of each component of income related to your disability which makes up your total Centrelink income. 

3. Transport (NDIS funded)  

Transport funding in NDIS is the same funding but with a new name and replaces the Mobility allowance payment that was previously paid by Centrelink.


Costs for transport while you are living at a SIL home, are billed separately by the SIL provider. These payments can be made to the provider from the fortnightly transport income that you receive from NDIA. There are three tiers of transport funding in NDIS and the amount you receive is based on the assessment done by the NDIA planner while your funding is approved. The charges for transport and what would be covered will be discussed with you by SIL provider during your intake process. 

What is NDIS Short Term Accommodation

Short-term accommodation also known as respite is a type of support that aims to give break to the carers from their caring role for a few numbers of days on a regular or one-off basis.


This model of living is similar to the SIL home model but is for a shorter period and may be typically for 24 hours to 14 days. The supports are built around your needs providing you with 24/7 support, however, this support is usually for a short period of time (For some days only). This funding sits within the core budget of the participant's NDIS plan. As per NDIA if the support needs to increase by more than 14 days then the other solution must be considered and that is SIL (See above). 

The charge for Short term accommodations is billed at an hourly or daily rate from the core funding of your ndis plan. The claimable hours and support ratio will be agreed upon with you in advance before a short-term accommodation arrangement is put in place. You do not have to pay any separate rent or board or transport in this model as this will be covered under your STA funding. 

What is NDIS independent living options

This type of dwelling arrangement is more focused and is based on designing a flexible package of support based on your needs and preferences. It is a staged implementation with a package targeted for primary and supplementary supports. This is then closely monitored for fine-tuning. 

Six principles of Share living - a useful Starting point for assisting people to explore ILO


Belonging &






The living arrangement under ILO includes - 

  • Co-Residency –  This type of arrangement aims to provide a live-in person staying full-time or part-time in the participant's home.

  • Host Arrangements – In this arrangement, a participant resides full-time in the home of a non-related host who then supports the participant on an agreed and needed basis. 

  • Living Alone – This category aims at providing support in the home of the participant in a variety of ways 

  • Living Together – This arrangement of ILO aims at developing a model of support, where a participant lives with other people of choice and receives support.

With ILO, supports are paid from your plan package from NDIA however the type of living arrangement dictates the other costs that include rent and board, and also transport. 

Call us today to discuss your individual options and we are confident to assist you with all your SIL, STA, or ILO needs. 

For more information check our blog on ILO here

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