Supported Independent Living (SIL) stands as a pivotal program within the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), offering vital support services to individuals living with disabilities. At its core, SIL aims to empower individuals to live as independently as possible, fostering connections within their local communities while equipping them with the necessary skills to lead fulfilling lives in a supportive environment.

What is Supported Independent Living (SIL)?

Supported Independent Living, commonly abbreviated as SIL, is a specialised form of disability support aimed at assisting individuals with higher support needs to live independently. Under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), SIL funding is provided to eligible participants to access support services tailored to their specific requirements.

Who is SIL For?

SIL is primarily designed for individuals aged 18 and above who have higher support needs and require ongoing assistance within their homes. This includes individuals with physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries, and other complex support needs. Participants may require assistance with personal care, mobility, medication management, and daily living activities.

Key Components of Supported Independent Living

  1. Personal Care Assistance: SIL services encompass a range of personal care tasks, including toileting, showering, grooming, and dressing. Support workers assist participants with these activities to ensure their health, hygiene, and well-being are maintained.
  2. Mobility Support: Individuals with mobility impairments often require assistance with transferring in and out of bed, moving around their home, and accessing community spaces. SIL providers offer mobility support to help participants navigate their environment safely and independently.
  3. Medication Management: Many SIL participants require support with medication management, including medication reminders, administering medications, and monitoring side effects. Trained support workers ensure that participants adhere to their medication schedules and receive the necessary medical attention.
  4. Medical Appointment Assistance: SIL participants may have frequent medical appointments with doctors, specialists, therapists, and other healthcare professionals. Support workers accompany participants to these appointments, provide transportation if needed, and assist with communication and advocacy.
  5. Daily Living Skills Development: SIL aims to enhance participants’ daily living skills, such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and time management. Support workers provide hands-on training, guidance, and encouragement to help participants develop these essential skills and foster greater independence.
  6. Household Management: SIL providers assist participants in organising household tasks, such as meal planning, grocery shopping, laundry, and cleaning. They may also help create household rosters, schedules, and routines to ensure that participants’ homes are well-maintained and conducive to independent living.
  7. Community Engagement: SIL encourages participants to actively engage with their local communities and pursue social, recreational, and educational activities. Support workers facilitate community outings, social events, hobby groups, and volunteer opportunities to help participants build social connections and pursue their interests.

Benefits of Supported Independent Living

  1. Independence: SIL empowers individuals with disabilities to live independently and make their own choices about their lives, fostering a sense of autonomy and self-determination.
  2. Inclusion: By connecting participants with their local communities, SIL promotes social inclusion and participation, reducing social isolation and loneliness.
  3. Skill Development: SIL provides opportunities for participants to develop and enhance their daily living skills, increasing their confidence and self-sufficiency.
  4. Personalised Support: SIL services are tailored to meet the individual needs and preferences of participants, ensuring that they receive the support that best suits their unique circumstances.
  5. Quality of Life: SIL aims to improve participants’ overall quality of life by promoting physical and emotional well-being, enhancing social connections, and fostering a sense of belonging.


Supported Independent Living (SIL) plays a crucial role in empowering individuals with disabilities to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. By providing personalised support, skill development opportunities, and community engagement initiatives, SIL enables participants to overcome barriers, achieve their goals, and live independently in their homes and communities.

Through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), individuals with higher support needs can access SIL funding to access the support services they need to thrive. With SIL, participants can unlock their potential, embrace their independence, and contribute positively to society, creating a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

Providers like National Supported Living Project provide suitable property & helps or supervises NDIS participants with daily tasks to help you live as independently as possible.

Contact the Disability Support Project for national support coordination advice.