Supported Accommodation (SIL & SDA)

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How Are SIL & SDA Different?

Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Supported Disability Accommodation (SDA) are NDIS terms for supported accommodation options available to participants.

An easy way to understand the difference is to think of SDA as the physical “bricks & mortar” building approved by the NDIA. Whereas SIL is the support you receive from people paid to help you meet your daily needs.

Before the NDIS, your in-home support and your accommodation were often linked, making it difficult for you to change your support options without having it affect your living situation (and vice versa).

These are now funded separately, giving you more choice and control because your SDA provider can be different from your SIL provider.

What is Supported Independent Living (SIL)?

SIL is the assistance you receive from a support worker to live within your home. This support can extend to activities such as personal care, cleaning, physical support, cooking, and other areas depending on your needs.

This funding may apply to a combination of 1:1 supports, shared supports, and irregular (unplanned) supports. Your SIL funding is independent of where you live. So whether you rent privately, live with others, or in Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), your SIL funding is based on your needs, not your housing model.

What is Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)?

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) funding refers to the homes in which SIL supports are provided. SDA funding is allocated to eligible participants who require specialist housing solutions that assist with or reduce the need for person-to-person support.

If you have SDA funding in your plan or have questions about eligibility, please give us a call to see how we can help.

Where to start: SIL Quoting

The first step towards implementing your SIL support is to have your intended SIL provider create a SIL quote. Gellibrand can sit down with you to create a personalised quote as we walk you through the NDIA’s quoting process.

To do this, a meeting with Gellibrand will be organised to better understand your needs and goals. This meeting will allow you to paint a picture of what you want your SIL support to look like. This information is then used to develop a quote that is submitted to the NDIA to be reviewed.

Once it has been finalised and approved, your SIL funding is then implemented into your NDIS plan and you are ready to approach service providers.

Find Out More

Gellibrand originally started out as a SIL & SDA service provider over 40 years ago. If you have already been through the quoting process, our flexible and collaborative approach allows us to adapt to your individual support needs as you pursue your goals.

We strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment wherever you call home. We would welcome the opportunity to work with you and discuss your needs. If you have any questions about our SIL or SDA supports, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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