An individualised living option is support that helps you live in your chosen home environment in a way that best suits you. It’s not the home itself.

You can share your home with housemates, or you might live in the home of a host. Learn more about what individualised living options can look like

There are lots of choices with how you structure your individualised living options. Including a mix of both formal supports and informal supports such as family, friends and other networks. We can provide funding for formal supports that we approve in your NDIS plan, but we won’t provide funding for things if it’s reasonable for your informal supports to help you.

Individualised living option supports are added to your plan in two stages. The first stage is all about exploring and designing the individualised living option supports you want and need. You’ll work out where you want to live, with who, what support you’ll need, and who you want to provide that support.

The second stage is support to put those things in place. The support depends on how and where you want to live, and what supports you need. This could include things we don’t fund, like the support you get from friends and family. You can change your individualised living option supports if your needs change. They’ll be designed to provide the safety, stability and flexibility you need.

Individualised living option supports don’t include support for activities outside your home, such as work or study, playing sport or going out. If you need support for these activities, we’ll include it in other parts of your plan. You may also need separate support for other home and living supports like home modifications. 

We’ll need to make sure all your NDIS supports meet the NDIS funding criteria.

Learn more about support for home modifications, work and study and social and recreation activities.

What support could your individualised living option include?

  • Support to make decisions like where you want to live and supports you need to make that happen
  • Personal care
  • Support to set up and manage your own home
  • Support to build your independence
  • Support to build and maintain connection with others
  • Support with making day to day decisions
  • Support to manage your emotions or behaviour
  • Unpaid informal supports like neighbours or carers who help you on a regular basis
  • People who you call to help you when you need it (on-call)
  • Training for the people who support you

What’s not covered by individualised living option supports?

  • Your rent or mortgage repayments
  • Your everyday costs like food, electricity, and internet bills
  • Payments for informal supports. This is because they don’t meet the NDIS funding criteria. Payments for informal supports won’t meet the NDIS funding criteria in any situation.
  • Supported independent living
  • Specialist disability accommodation
  • Home modifications
  • Support not in your home, for example to go to work, study or community activities. We can include this separately in your plan if you need it.
  • Funding to develop a behaviour support plan if you need it. We can include this separately in your plan if you need it.
This page current as of
9 December 2022
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