The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has announced a suite of changes to NDIS home and living supports, including a new payment for SIL providers where a participant unexpectedly leaves shared accommodation.

Linda Reynolds

The changes also include simplifying claiming processes and introducing clear transition processes for managing changes to SIL support needs.

“We have identified short and medium term improvements that will improve the home and living experience for participants and providers,” NDIS  minister Linda Reynolds said in a statement.

“These changes will reduce red tape, and remove a number of practical and administrative concerns participants and providers have raised, to ensure it’s easier for participants to access home and living supports.”

The NDIA has previously identified a number of challenges in the SIL space, including a lack of equitable and transparent funding, lack of choice and control, administrative complexity and a rapid escalation in SIL costs that’s detrimental to the sustainability of the NDIS.

Boosting consistency and clarity

The NDIA will also begin publishing metric specific to home and living decisions to improve the consistency and timeliness of decisions for participants.

“The NDIA will also provide a point of contact to explain home and living funding decisions which will provide greater clarity for participants,” Senator Reynolds said.

Senator Reynolds said the NDIA has been working with SIL providers since last September to explore innovative ways of delivering and funding living options, with projects expected to be implemented from April 2022.

The NDIA is also working to provide clearer information on Individualised Living Options (ILO) for participants and providers.

“The Agency is further developing the ILO pathway over the coming months to help participants with home and living goals in their plan to explore ILO as a potential option,” Minister Reynolds said.

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