Funding for Medium-Term Accommodation (MTA) under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is not currently delivering the necessary outcomes for participants with high and complex needs. Changes are needed to ensure that this group receives the necessary support to avoid being stuck in hospital or forced into residential aged care (RAC). This position statement outlines the problems and what needs to change.
The following recommendations have been made:
Recommendation 1: Expand eligibility for MTA.
Recommendation 2: Create safeguards to ensure participants’ long-term housing options are realised.
Recommendation 3: Define MTA as funding that furthers participants’ housing goals.
Recommendation 4: Increase MTA funding for participants with high and complex care needs.