You may be eligible for Medium Term Accommodation if you:

  • need somewhere to stay because of your disability support needs, and
  • have a confirmed long term housing solution, and
  • can’t move into your long-term housing solution because you’re waiting for your disability related supports to be ready. For example, you might be waiting for assistive technology or home modifications.

We can consider Medium Term Accommodation if you need somewhere to stay:

  • before your confirmed place in SDA is ready to move into
  • before you can move into a house and start receiving Supported Independent Living (SIL) funding or support with activities of daily living
  • before your home modifications are ready and you can move in
  • after leaving hospital, rehabilitation, aged care or a custodial setting. This is where you need somewhere to stay while you wait for your disability supports to be ready
  • because of a breakdown of your supports that mean you can’t live in your current home. You might need somewhere to stay before your disability supports are ready, and you can move into your new place.

Remember, we need evidence you have somewhere to move into at the end of your Medium Term Accommodation funding. Otherwise, we can’t fund it.
If you’re not eligible for Medium Term Accommodation, we might fund other home and living supports. Check out Housing and the NDIS for more information.

What’s a long term housing solution?

Your long term housing solution is the place you’ll live for the foreseeable future. This might include:

  • your own home. For example, if you’re waiting for home modifications to finish before you can move into your own home
  • another home. You may be moving into a house where you’ll start receiving Supported Independent Living supports
  • Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). If you have SDA funding in your plan and an SDA tenancy offer, but it’s not available yet.

How do you show us you have a confirmed long term housing solution?

You’ll need to give us evidence your long term housing solution is confirmed. We can’t fund Medium Term Accommodation without evidence you have somewhere to move into.

Some examples of evidence you can provide include:

  • a tenancy agreement offer from a Specialist Disability Accommodation provider. The property may not be available yet, but the provider has offered you a vacancy. You’ll need to know the estimated date you’ll move in
  • a letter from a service provider confirming an offer of accommodation and support. You’ll need an estimated date of when you can move in and start receiving these supports
  • evidence of approved modifications to your home or rental property, including an estimated date for completion.

When can’t we fund Medium Term Accommodation?

We won’t fund Medium Term Accommodation if:

  • it’s not considered reasonable and necessary (see the next section)
  • it isn’t related to your disability
  • you don’t have evidence of a confirmed long term housing solution
  • Short Term Accommodation or other supports are more suitable
  • it’s for emergency housing, unless you’re waiting for your disability related supports to be ready and have a confirmed long term housing solution. Your state or territory may have services for crisis accommodation. Your Support Coordinator, Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or planner can give you more information.
  • it’s for children in a foster care or out of home care arrangement
  • you’re waiting for public or community housing, unless you’re waiting for your disability related supports and have a confirmed offer of long term public or community housing.
This page current as of
26 October 2020
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