Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a category of funding and supports under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). In essence, SIL is assistance with and supervision of daily tasks in the home, to help an NDIS participant develop the capacity to live as independently as possible.

While only a relatively small number of participants access SIL, funding for SIL represents a substantial portion of total committed funds. In this respect, 6.6 per cent of participants access SIL and SIL funding represents approximately 31 per cent of total funding under the NDIS.

Under the state-funded disability support framework that existed prior to the NDIS, funding was provided directly to operators of group homes and assisted living facilities. Supports were often tied to residence in a group home, and people with disability had limited choice in relation to the entity that provided their supports or those with whom they lived.

These arrangements are coming to an end, and more individualised funding models are being developed under the NDIS. SIL is one of these models, and has the potential to deliver transformational benefits for participants, by helping to develop the skills needed for independent living and by increasing community participation.

The committee considers that urgent action must be taken to address the identified issues associated with access to and the delivery of SIL supports, and makes 45 recommendations to improve the SIL regime. These focus on maximising choice and control for participants and reducing unnecessary financial hardship for providers.

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