Supports covered by SIL funding.


SIL pays for support workers to provide all the person-to-person supports you need to live independently and access the community. If you think of all the personal assistance you require to complete everyday activities in a 24-hour period, they’re the things likely to be covered by SIL.


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What SIL covers:

  • Personal care such as getting into or out of bed, showering or getting dressed
  • Meal preparation and cooking
  • Assistance with household tasks such as cleaning and laundry
  • Support with grocery shopping
  • Help getting to community activities or learning to travel independently
  • Tasks associated with running a household such as paying bills
  • Medication management
  • Help to build independence in the home by learning new skills
  • Support for managing challenging behaviours
  • 24/7 and overnight care.


What SIL does not cover:

  • Rent or mortgage payments
  • Utilities such as electricity, phone or internet
  • Food and groceries
  • Household supplies that are not related to a disability such as cleaning and gardening supplies
  • Home repairs or maintenance
  • Day-to-day living expenses such as taxi fares and toiletries.


Items covered by other NDIS budgets such as transport, consumables and assistive technology cannot be purchased with SIL funding.


Can I get help to move in?

Yes! Within the NDIS Capacity Building budget, there is a support category called Improved Living Arrangements. This can be used to find a support worker to help you make all the necessary arrangements such as getting power and the internet connected and organising a moving truck if not covered by the SIL provider.


How do SIL providers get paid?

SIL funding is paid weekly or fortnightly so support workers can be paid regularly.

  • If you are plan managed, a plan manager like Leap in! receives and pays invoices from the SIL provider on your behalf
  • If you self manage, you will pay the SIL provider directly
  • If you are Agency managed, the NDIA pays providers on your behalf.

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