How do we decide if Short Term Accommodation is reasonable and necessary for you?

All NDIS supports must meet the reasonable and necessary criteria.

When we think about Short Term Accommodation we need to know:

  • the need for Short Term Accommodation is related to your disability
  • it helps you pursue your goals
  • it helps you to participate in the community
  • it’s value for money
  • how much support your family and other informal supports provide.

Is the Short Term Accommodation related to your disability?

We can only fund Short Term Accommodation if it relates to your disability support needs.

We may fund Short Term Accommodation if: We wouldn’t fund Short Term Accommodation for
  • your family or informal supports can support you for longer 
  • you might not need as much support in the future 
  • it helps you maintain functional capacity
  • it helps you increase your independence 
  • it helps you do more activities 
  • longer term accommodation as this is a day to day living cost that anyone is expected to pay
  • accommodation for another reason, for example waiting for home modifications to be done.

We consider other factors when funding Short Term Accommodation for children. Learn more about this in the section What about Short Term Accommodation for Children?

Short Term Accommodation is not for holidays. We only fund Short Term Accommodation when the need for this is related to your disability, such as for respite or skill building. Talk to your Support Coordinator, LAC, Early Childhood Partner or planner if you’re going on holiday and need your disability support delivered in another location. 

Does Short Term Accommodation help you pursue your goals?

Short Term Accommodation needs to support you to pursue your goals. This might be something like increasing your independence or building your skills, which may also result in carers having a break.

Learn more about setting your goals .

Does Short Term Accommodation help you to participate in the community?

We need to understand how Short Term Accommodation will help you participate in the community. For example, it might help you meet new people and develop your independence or social skills.

Is Short Term Accommodation value for money?

One of the things we look at is 'value for money'. This means we think about the cost of Short Term Accommodation and how it will benefit you over time.

We think about whether you can share supports with other people. And, how many people you can safely share your supports with. This helps us decide what level of support for Short Term Accommodation we fund in your plan.

Usually we don’t fund individual supports in a Short Term Accommodation setting. You should think about this when exploring Short Term Accommodation options to decide what is most suitable for you.

This page current as of
26 October 2020
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