What Is Supported Independent Living?

What Is Supported Independent Living?

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is a type of assistance provided by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia. For residents living in an Edenbridge Living home, SIL is one of the supports that residents may have in their NDIS Plan to help them live their best lives. This support includes help or supervision with daily tasks such as personal care, cooking meals, and building skills for independent living[1][5].

Eligibility Criteria

SIL is generally considered for people aged 18 or older who need a significant amount of help throughout the day, seven days a week, including overnight support[2][8]. This support is best suited for individuals with a disability who have higher support needs[1][5]. However, SIL is not the only support option available. Depending on an individual’s needs and preferences, other home and living options may be more suitable[2][5].

Types of Support

The types of support provided under SIL are wide-ranging and tailored to the individual’s needs. They include personal care, assistance with daily life skills such as cooking, cleaning, gardening, and doing laundry, support in budgeting and household management, development of social and communication skills, and overnight support[4][7].

Funding Process

Once a participant’s plan is approved, providers can discuss the exact supports to be delivered within the approved funding and manage support delivery[3].

SIL offers numerous benefits, including increased independence, the opportunity to make new friends, more opportunities for personal growth, freedom and safety, and the assurance of support when needed[4]. However, it’s important to note that the level of support required from SIL varies for each individual, and the NDIS tailors the funding for this type of support to the level of care required[7].


  1. Supported Independent Living for participants | NDIS. (2023). Retrieved from[1]
  2. Is supported independent living suitable for you? – NDIS Guidelines. (2023). Retrieved from[2]
  3. SIL funding and budgets – NDIS. (2023). Retrieved from[3]
  4. 5 key benefits of Supported Independent Living – Challenge Community Services. (2023). Retrieved from[4]
  5. Supported Independent Living – NDIS Guidelines. (2023). Retrieved from[5]
  6. Supported Independent Living Roster of care submissions – NDIS. (2023). Retrieved from[6]
  7. Benefits of supported independent living NDIS – Disability Plan Services. (2021). Retrieved from[7]
  8. Supported independent living – NDIS. (2022). Retrieved from[8]

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