Supported Independent Living Report

The Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme released their most recent Report into Supported Independent Living on 13/05/2020. The Committee makes 45 recommendations. These recommendations are categorised under the headings ‘The approval process for access to SIL’, ‘Living arrangements for SIL participants’, ‘Vacancy management’, ‘Funding for SIL’ and ‘Other issues’. Overall, the Committee acknowledged how complicated and confusing the SIL process can be, how much had not changed over the last few years and requested change occur quickly.

Recommendations are based on the following:

The approval process for access to SIL

  • Evidence required to support applications for SIL
  • Eligibility for SIL funding
  • Information available to participants in relation to SIL
  • Discussion of SIL at pre-planning and planning stage
  • The SIL quoting process
  • Short-term accommodation
  • NDIA process issues

Living arrangements for SIL participants

  • Congregate living arrangements
  • Resident compatibility
  • Conflicts of interest: support, tenancy and support coordination functions

Vacancy management

  • Awareness of vacancies and tenancy matching
  • Co-dependencies between SIL and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)
  • Vacancies and funding gaps

Funding for SIL

  • Funding and supports for participants with complex needs
  • Claiming above benchmarks
  • Staffing in SIL settings
  • Flexibility in funding arrangements and funding shortfalls
  • Planning issues

Other issues

  • SIL and other supports in regional, rural and remote areas
  • Provider of last resort arrangements
  • Decision support and advocacy
  • Service quality
  • Coordination between the NDIS and state services

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Source: Parliament of Australia

Date posted: 13/05/2020