SIL and the NDIS.
Supported Independent Living funds supports within your home. It may also fund supports to help you access the community.
- Most people who get SIL funds live in shared living arrangements with other NDIS participants
- You may be able to get SIL if you live alone but there may be other personal care supports that better meet your needs.
SIL is referred to as Assistance with Daily Living in the NDIS Core supports budget. SIL is a stated support which means the funds have been set aside for a specific purpose and cannot be used for any other purpose.
Once a SIL package is approved, the NDIS participant is unable to use any other NDIS budgets to pay for items covered by SIL. For this reason, it’s very important that your SIL application includes all the supports you need.
How much funding is approved for a person-specific SIL arrangement is based on several factors including the number of people in the shared living arrangement, and the time of day and day of week on which the support is delivered. Prices also differ for high intensity supports. Check out the latest NDIS Price Guide and Support Catalogue for details.
The NDIS is moving to set price limits for SIL supports which will replace the current quoting and negotiation process. Existing plans containing agreed SIL quotes will continue until the end of their 12 month term, at which point the new price limits will apply.
About SIL funding.
Supported Independent Living is designed to allow multiple people to share resources. SIL funding is allocated according to three different levels of need.
- Lower needs: Where the participant requires regular supervision of living arrangements.
- Standard needs: Where more active, 24-hour assistance is required.
- Higher needs: Where continual, complex active assistance is required