To be eligible for medium term accommodation, you must meet all 3 of these criteria:

  1. You have a long term home you will move into after medium term accommodation.
  2. You can’t move into your long term home yet because your disability supports aren’t ready.
  3. You can’t stay in your current accommodation while you wait for your long term home.

We won’t fund medium term accommodation if it doesn’t meet our NDIS funding criteria.

If you aren’t eligible for medium term accommodation, there may be other home and living supports or other mainstream and community supports that could work for you. Talk to your support coordinator, local area coordinator or planner if you want more information.

Do you have a long term home you will move into?

A long term home is the home you expect to live in for the future, and it’s been confirmed you can live there.

For example, you might move to:

We won’t fund medium term accommodation if we don’t have evidence you have a long term home to move into. We don’t fund long term rent, or provide affordable housing.

If you need affordable housing or need help looking for a new home, there are housing services available for you in your state or territory. You can also talk to your local area coordinator or support coordinator for help to find housing in your area.

How do you show us your long term home is confirmed?

You need to give us evidence your long term home is confirmed. To do this, you can give us:

  • a tenancy agreement offer from a specialist disability accommodation provider and you have enough funding in your plan to pay for it
  • a letter from a service provider confirming an offer of accommodation and support
  • evidence of approved modifications to your home or rental property, including the likely completion date
  • a tenancy agreement offer from a rental agency or landlord, or copy of your mortgage.

These are just some examples. If you’ve been offered a tenancy, but the property isn’t available yet, you’ll need to let us know the likely date you’ll move in.

When can you move into your long term home?

We only fund medium term accommodation if you can’t move into your long term home now because your disability supports aren’t ready.

For example, you might need medium term accommodation if you can’t move into your long term home until:

  • your assistive technology, like a ceiling hoist, is delivered and installed in your new home
  • your home modifications are completed
  • your confirmed specialist disability accommodation home is ready to move into – for example if you’re waiting for a vacancy you have been offered
  • you’ve been offered a place in a home where you’ll get supported independent living or individualised living options – for example, if you’re waiting for someone to move out of the home before you can move in.

You need to give us evidence of the date when you can move into your long term home, generally within 90 days.

If you can move in straight away or in the next 2-4 weeks, you probably don’t need medium term accommodation.

If you need support because of your disability to help you move home, let us know. Talk to your local area coordinator, support coordinator or planner to find out what supports we could fund to help you move. For example, we may fund short term accommodation instead.

Can you stay in your current accommodation while you wait for your long term home?

We only fund medium term accommodation if you can’t stay in your current accommodation while waiting for your long term home.

For example, you could give us evidence that:

  • you need to move out of your home while your home modifications are being completed
  • there’s been a breakdown in your supports, so you can’t live in your current home
  • you need to leave a residential facility, hospital, or custodial setting.

If you have a stable home now, we’d usually expect you can keep living there until you can move to your new home. For example if you’re living in your family home, it might be reasonable for you to keep living there until your new home is ready. 

Examples

This page current as of
28 March 2022
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