The NDIA is developing a new home and living policy that will inform the way we support participants to pursue their home and living goals.
In additional to the recent home and living consultations, we have sought feedback in the past 12 months on supported independent living (SIL) services through an online survey, workshops and ongoing discussions with the sector and participants.
While SIL has helped many participants to pursue their home and living goals, a number of challenges remain:
- SIL funding is not always allocated equitably or transparently
- participants do not always have adequate choice and control
- participants need to get value for money from their plan funding
- the SIL process is administratively complex and limits opportunities for innovation
- the rapid escalation in SIL costs is not in the long-term interest of participants or NDIS sustainability
- potential conflicts of interest are a risk.
Improving supported independent living for participants is an important part of the broader home and living policy development.
On 28 September 2021 we launched a home and living market information request for demonstration projects to identify, evaluate and promote good practice.
The first round of demonstration projects focuses on supported independent living (SIL).
We sought demonstration projects that propose different ways to deliver and fund home and living options.
Submissions for the first round of demonstration projects are now closed.
Project selection and implementation
We will evaluate demonstration projects using the selection criteria in the market information request. We will notify applicants of the outcome by January 2022.
Dedicated NDIA resources will work collaboratively with selected demonstration project providers to finalise their project design. This will include confirming how participants will be engaged, obtaining participant consent and how the project will be evaluated.
We will commission another organisation to evaluate the demonstration projects. If we can’t agree on the final project design, the project will not be implemented.
We anticipate that providers will commence implementing demonstration projects from March 2022.
Download the market information request to learn more about selection criteria and key dates.
- Market information request home and living demonstration projects (DOCX 106KB)
- Home and living demonstration projects frequently asked questions (DOCX 1.4MB)
Read the draft memorandum of understanding (768KB DOCX) to learn more about proposed demonstration project terms.