What is SIL under the NDIS?

What is SIL under the NDIS?

If you or a family member have an NDIS plan or have been looking into NDIS plan options, you may have heard about SIL. But what is SIL?

SIL stands for Supported Independent Living. In short, SIL involves the help or supervision of daily tasks, allowing NDIS participants to live as independently as possible.

SIL is one of several support options available for NDIS participants. Usually, participants use SIL as part of a shared living arrangement. Learn what SIL is under NDIS, and who can claim it.

What is SIL in the NDIS?

SIL helps NDIS recipients to live as independently as possible and to build skills. Paid supports will help with cleaning, meal prep, and other in-home tasks. With this support, NDIS participants will also develop independent skills.

Supports covered by SIL include:

  •  Safety, security, and supervision
  •  Personal care assistance
  •  Meal prep and cooking
  •  Cleaning
  •  Routine development
  •  Support with social skills and behaviour
  •  Support with medical appointments
  •  Administration of medication
  •  Non-routine and non-regular community access
  • Support for travelling between community access activities

SIL does not cover:

  •  Grocery costs
  •  Utility costs
  •  Board, rent, or lodging costs
  •  Household budgeting activities
  •  Personal care supports when in hospital
  •  Holiday-related expenses
  •  Property maintenance costs and repairs
  •  Ongoing vacancy costs and supports
  •  Regular community access
  •  Shadow shifts
  •  Allied Health staff
  •  Organisational management costs
  •  Justice related supports
  •  Vehicle costs
  • Nursing, medical care, or other health-related supports


SIL also does not cover any items included other sections of a participant’s NDIS plan, like assistive technology or plan management. Discover, what is an SIL NDIS recipient going to look like?

Who can claim SIL?

If an NDIS participant has shared living arrangements and requires person-to-person support, SIL may be the most suitable option.
Sometimes, other options may be more suitable. When creating a plan, NDIS planners will consider the following questions:

  •  How old is the participant?
  •  Is SIL the most suitable option for the participant?
  •  What is the participant’s Roster of Care?
  •  What is a necessary and reasonable level of support for the participant?

SIL is available for participants aged 18 years and older. To determine if SIL is a suitable option, an NDIS planner will consider the participant’s current situation, goals, aspirations, independent living skills, and other factors related to their support requirements.

Looking for guidance?

If you’re still wondering what is NDIS SIL, contact the team of NDIS specialists at Instacare. We’ll gladly walk you through what is SIL is and answer any questions you may have.