SIL: Random Details


Becoming more independent is one of the best things on receiving NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) funding. For one, you can access services to help you to move out of home and live a more independent lifestyle.

Funding categories like Supported Independent Living Central QLD are a vital part of making this sort of independence possible, although it can be tricky to understand exactly what it is, or how you can include it in your NDIS plan.

Supported Independent Living (SIL)

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is the funded support which helps someone with a disability to live more independently.

These supports can include assistance with daily tasks (meal preparation and personal care, for instance) and aim to make it possible for people to move out of home and live more independently.

SIL is most suitable for people with higher support needs who require assistance at home most of the time. NDIS funding can cover SIL supports and can cater for people living in shared accommodation with other NDIS participants, as well as those living on their own.


Since they are designed to fit any individual needs, SIL support is different with each person.

SIL supports will differ for each person, as they’re designed to fit your individual needs. However, supported living services usually help participants with everyday tasks like cooking, cleaning, and shopping.

The support also includes assistance with accessing community activities, managing appointments, and organizing a plan for reaching your goals.


The SIL funding pays for support staff to provide daily assistance in supported living accommodation. The amount of funding you receive will be determined by the level of support you require.

SIL funding doesn’t cover rent, transport, groceries, or other living costs.

 SIL is specifically designed for people with disability who require 24-hour support while living in shared SIL accommodation. However, it can also be used in your own home or private rental.

The main point is that you must have high support needs and require regular assistance in order to live independently.

If you need significant person-to-person support from a disability support worker, then SIL may be the right choice for you.

However, every person’s eligibility is determined individually, as the NDIA reviews each case and decides whether the support is ‘reasonable and necessary’.

Getting SIL services

If you already have NDIS funding or are organizing your first NDIS plan, then you can apply for SIL supports just like any other service.

When you have your NDIS planning meeting, you will need to bring evidence to demonstrate why you require SIL services. (It’s important to prepare thoroughly for your NDIS planning meeting.)

Finding a SIL provider

Once you get SIL in your NDIS plan, thenext step is to find a SIL provider. There are various disability service providers who offer Supported Independent Living (SIL) in Perth, for instance, and your NDIS planner or support coordinator can help you choose the right one.

Your SILprovider understands that moving out of home and finding your own place is a key factor in independence. Usually, they offer a range of disability accommodation options.

Some SIL services include shared accommodation (residents live in shared housing with 24-hour support) and independent living options, where you can live in your own house and have support workers drop in.

Choice and Control

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is designed to allow more choice and control in the lives of people living with a permanent and significant disability.

If one of your NDIS goals is to be able to live more independently, Challenge (a disability service provider) SIL Supported Independent Living (SIL) could be the right choice to help you reach this goal.

Challenge provides modern shared homes in sought-after areas with Support Workers on hand 24/7 for NDIS participants with Supported Independent Living (SIL) funding.

Some of the benefits of SIL are as follows.

Becoming independent

Moving into a space of your own allows you to make more of your own decisions. You live the life you choose. However, you may need support in order to live independently.

Challenge provides experienced and trained staff who are able to support you with personal care, daily life skills (cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc.) , support in budgeting and household management.

When you live in SIL, you can have autonomy when you want it and someone will be available for when you need support. Additionally, your family and friends can visit you at any time.

Making new friends

One of the joys of moving is the opportunity to expand your social circle. Challenge understands that living with other people is a great way to make new friends.

It therefore strives to match you to other house members who are of similar age and have shared interests.

Challenge shared homes often contain communal facilities like the kitchen, living room, laundry and outdoor entertaining area. Sharing communal areas with other house members means that you will have lots of opportunities to be social in your everyday life.

More opportunities

A move of home means choice and new opportunities. Maybe you want to move closer to where you work, where you attend day programs, or where you  canparticipate in entertainment or recreational activities.

This is a moment to reflect on what is importantand consider which options might make your life easier or more rewarding.

Freedom and safety

Balancing freedom and safety is important to everyone. While you will share the communal areas with the other house members, your new bedroom is your own space.

You will have the freedom to arrange and decorate it in a way that you like.

At least one support worker is on-site 24 hours a day to provide support for the house members. Challenge staff are highly trained in responding to emergencies to ensure the safety of the house members.

Support when you need it

While you may be really looking forward to your new home and independence, you could also be feeling a little nervous about being without your family or carer.

Everyone who moves out of home needs time to develop their life skills and confidence.

Challenge staff are there not only to help you with practical tasks but also to listen to you, understand what is important to you and help you achieve your life goals.

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