Supported Living & Housing

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is all about having more choice and control in your life. Under the NDIS, people no longer have to be in shared living to access disability supports. NDIS participants can choose:

  • Where they want to live

  • Who they want to live with

  • Who can come into their home and when

Supported accommodation can provide you with greater independence while ensuring you still have the support you need to navigate daily life. You will be supported to live independently and be involved in running your home. You will also be supported to connect and play an active part in your local community.



Supported Independent Living (SIL) is NDIS funding that provides support to eligible people living with mental illnesses or disabilities to enable them to live as independently as possible. We all aspire to live our lives on our own terms with choice and control over where we live and what we want to do. This is no different for people living with a disability.

Many people living with mental illnesses or disabilities are unable to live on their own or with their family. Therefore, group or shared accommodation allows people to receive day-to-day support whilst living in a suitable home. It’s important for everyone in the household to get along, so like-minded housemates can be matched based on compatibility and shared hobbies and interests. 

​​Support is generally available 24/7 and can include:​

  • Help to manage money and household budgeting

  • Assistance with cooking

  • Assistance with cleaning and laundry

  • Help to catch public transport to visit friends and family

  • Promote participation in household and community

  • Personal care such as showering and dressing

  • Support with grocery shopping

  • Assistance with daily skills training






Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) refers to accommodation for people who require specialist housing solutions, including to assist with the delivery of supports that cater for their extreme functional impairment or very high support needs.

SDA funding is not for support services but is instead for the homes in which these services are delivered. Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is the 'bricks and mortar' capital component of disability accommodation support funded by the NDIS.

Ruby Care collaborates solely with the absolute best SDA Providers to deliver our clients the most trusted, innovative, and reliable SDA housing options. Feel free to contact us to discuss the best SDA providers available in your location.



The NDIS is providing increased funding options to support people with a disability to live more inclusively – in a regular house, on a regular street, in a welcoming community.

Individual Living Options is a new, highly flexible support item funded through the NDIS, which ensures people are not limited to disability homes. The support model is highly individualised, and the participant is able to combine formal and informal supports. Ruby Care can assist those eligible to explore and design the package of supports that best suit your needs. 

​Key differences between ILO's and SIL's:

  • ILO's are designed around a client, one client at a time.

  • There are many types of ILO's, with combinations of options possible – this allows many different clients’ needs to be met.

  • SIL's are funding to live in a group home – sometimes group homes can feel like you’re living how others want you to live, not how you want to live.

  • ILO's are more focused on the important role informal supports can play and strengthening those relationships – versus a more set roster of support approach in a group home.


We promise to go above and beyond supporting our clients lead a life they deserve to lead.

Supported Living is just one step along the path to greater independence.