Supported Independent Living for participants

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is help or supervision with daily tasks to help you live as independently as possible, while building your skills. 

SIL is paid personal supports. It includes things like having a person to help with personal care tasks or cooking meals. SIL can help you build these skills too, so you can be more independent.

SIL happens in your home. You can get SIL if you live in a home with other people. You can also get SIL if you live on your own, but there might be other Personal Care Supports that suit you better. 

SIL funding can’t be used for things like rent or other day-to-day expenses like groceries. 

You can find more information on SIL funding in the SIL Operational Guideline. We have recently updated this Operational Guideline so it is easier to understand.

Further information on SIL is available for providers, including a Provider SIL Pack. 

Who can get funding for SIL?

SIL is best suited for participants who have high support needs. This means you require a significant amount of help throughout the day. If SIL is the most appropriate support for you, you will receive funding for this assistance as part of your NDIS plan. 

The amount of SIL funding you receive will depend on the level and type of support you need to live as independently as you can. 

During your planning meeting you should talk about what supports you need at home and discuss whether SIL is suitable for you. Your planner will then assess if it is a support that is reasonable and necessary for your needs.
There are a number of things to consider when making this decision, including:

  • your individual circumstances and needs
  • your age (we fund SIL for people aged 18 and over)
  • your goals and preferences
  • your independence, living skills and capacity-building needs
  • if modifications to your home or assistive technology may increase your independence and safety
  • information, reports and assessments provided by you, health professionals and providers
  • if you need significant person-to-person supports due to your disability support needs
  • other home and living options that might suit you
  • what is value for money.

The NDIS does not fund SIL in hospitals or if you are in prison.

SIL Participant Information Pack

The SIL Participant Information Pack (PDF 1.7MB) is available for participants. It includes information on about how SIL works, planning, home and living support options, service agreements and support coordination. 

The Information Pack is also available in Easy Read (PDF 7.4MB).

This page current as of
4 December 2020