Home and living - our research

As part of our work to develop a new approach to home and living, we have undertaken three research projects:

  1. A research study in partnership with Scope Australia to understand what supports participants use when living in their preferred home, or how they work towards this goal. 
  2. A review of research and current practice to identify what interventions or strategies best support people with disability to move out of group homes or congregate care.
  3. An evidence review to explore what components of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) might best meet the needs of people with significant and permanent disability.

There are different types of home and living supports that the NDIS can fund. 

Our research can help to understand how best to support participants and help inform the decisions we make about home and living supports.

Exploring the use of capacity building supports to help make individualised living a reality 

The NDIA and Scope Australia are undertaking a research project to understand how participants use formal and informal capacity building supports to transition to more individualised living options (ILO) and choose a home that’s right for them.

The research will focus on:

  • understanding what type of supports participants with high-level in-home support needs receive through the NDIS
  • how these supports can be used by participants to build the skills they need to live more independently
  • the barriers and enablers to living more independently.

When we talk about ‘living more independently’, this may include things like individualised living options, such as living with friends or a host family. 

The research is being carried out in two stages: 

  • the first phase will be through interviews and focus groups with NDIS participants, their family, carers and other supporters, as well as Scope staff 
  • the second phase will be through an online survey.

This research has ethical approval from Monash Health Human Research Ethics Committee RES-21-0000-492A. 

Be part of this research

We are currently looking for NDIS participants, family, carers, and other supporters to participate in the focus groups (phase 1).  

We want to hear for you, if you:

  • are 18 years and over
  • have lived experience with any of the following disabilities (or parent, carer, other supporter):
    • Intellectual disability
    • Down syndrome
    • On the autism spectrum
    • Psychosocial disability
    • Cerebral palsy
  • have a home and living goal, are thinking about home and living options OR have Individualised Living Options (ILO) or Supported Independent Living (SIL) funding in your plan

Please note that places in this research project are limited. 

Participating in this research is voluntary and it will not impact your NDIS plan or any other communication you have with the NDIA. 

If you are interested in participating please contact the NDIA Research Programs team on email at [email protected] or phone (03) 9621 6118 and leave a message.

Further information on how to participate in the online survey (phase 2) will be published to our website in late October/early November.

Evidence review: Transitions from group homes, institutional care and residential aged care

This evidence review of national and international research has been undertaken to help the NDIA understand what works when supporting people with disability to move out of group homes or congregate care (for example residential aged care) to more individualised living arrangements. 

The NDIA commissioned the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Sydney to do this research.

The findings from this review will be released in late 2021.

Evidence review: Environmental scan of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)

Individuals have different preferences when choosing their SDA. For example, some may prefer a home shared with a small number of friends. Others may prefer  a private unit and garden with features for physical accessibility or a flat near to transport and the local fitness park. 

This research explores how SDA might best meet the needs of people with significant and permanent disability. 

This research identified:

  • how SDA is being used across Australia
  • what tools are available to support participants exploring SDA
  • what design principles are important for individuals who require SDA

If you would  like a copy of this evidence review, please contact [email protected]

This page current as of
18 October 2021
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