Home and living demonstration projects

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. 

Demonstration projects 

We are launching a home and living market information request for demonstration projects to identify, evaluate and promote good practice. The first round of demonstration projects will focus on supported independent living (SIL).

We are seeking demonstration projects that propose different ways to deliver and fund home and living options. 

We want to collaborate with the sector, through participant and provider-led proposals, to test and evaluate demonstration projects that:

  • improve participant outcomes
  • deliver supports aligned to participant needs 
  • improve Scheme sustainability
  • drive innovation.

We want to test and evaluate new ways of delivering 24/7 supports that are:

  • simple and easy to access for participants
  • efficient and effective for providers to deliver.

Demonstration projects will give participants and providers a unique opportunity to test practical, evidence-based initiatives and the outcomes they deliver. 

How to submit a proposal

The market information request for demonstration projects will be open from 28 September to 26 October 2021.

We are looking for proposals that offer innovation in funding and delivery, for example projects that:

  • target a mix of participant cohorts, support needs, geographies and housing models
  • offer different service models such as staffing structures, informal care, clustering of participants, accommodation arrangements or shared support services
  • explore alternative funding approaches such as bundled payments that facilitate flexibility for wrap around supports
  • incentivise innovation and outcomes.

Proposals must address the market information request requirements and all projects must:

  • cater for participants receiving 24/7 care in shared accommodation settings
  • use the existing funding in current participant plans.

Applications must demonstrate that they have collaborated with, and have the support of, the participants who will receive 24/7 supports through the proposed demonstration project.

Download the market information request to learn more about proposal requirements, selection criteria and key dates.

Proposals must be submitted by email by AEST 5pm 26 October 2021.

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.

Read the draft memorandum of understanding (768KB DOCX) to learn more about proposed demonstration project terms.

This page current as of
15 October 2021
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