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What is ILO or Individual Living Options under the NDIS?

Individual Living Options (ILO) are living arrangements that focus on the individual and is an innovative alternative to group home services.

It is designed to be an alternative to the SIL model, for participants with moderate to high support needs.

ILO's are focussed on working with the participant and their family to consider their needs and preferences and design a flexible package of supports.

Implementation often happens in stages and an ILO package includes a primary support approach and supplementary supports. Once established the living arrangement is closely monitored and fine-tuned.

The NDIA has looked closely at how Shared Lives Plus in the UK operates as inspiration for ILO.

What are the ILO Options?

The new NDIS Individual Living Options (ILOs) provide a range of exciting possibilities, including:

  1. Hosts – living with a supporting family or individual in their home.
  2. Co-residents – a support worker lives with a person needing support and receives free or discounted rent and provides support.
  3. Living Together with a Supporting Friend – sharing with a friend who provides support.
  4. Living Together, Sharing NDIS Participants – two or more NDIS participants live together and share supports, living how they want.
  5. Living Together, Sharing NDIS Participants with Co-resident – as above, but a Co-resident lives in the house to provide additional support.
  6. Living Together, Supporting Families – families who live with and provide support, but get additional assistance to make the arrangement sustainable.
  7. Friendly Neighbours – a person who lives nearby and assists to build connections into the community.
  8. Circle of Support – volunteers supporting a person with a disability to live more independently.

Who does ILO suit?

  • Older children (over 18) looking to leave home
    People may be looking to become independent or live independently. They may have aging parents who are considering the future or they may have parents who have health issues.

  • Moving out of Group Homes
    Living in larger groups may not suit all people and they may want to have more control over how and where they live.
    They may not be happy where they are and want to choose who they live with.

  • Unsettled - looking for a place to call home
    Many people face moving around - often in temporary or emergency arrangements and are looking for a more permanent home where they can put down their roots and connect with their community. They are looking for their own place.They may be facing the threat of homelessness.

  • Moving and life changes
    People may be moving to a new area as a result of changes in their situation or by choice.

How to decide if ILO is right for you?

There are 6 important ideas behind Shared Living that help make it a success. These are referred to as the 'Principles of Shared Living' or sometimes as the 'Principles of Creating Home'. 

For an ILO to be the best option for a person, it needs to support these principles.

The 6 Principles of Shared Living:

  1. Belonging and connection – you have the right to build relationships and connect with other people
  2. Independent living – you can live an ordinary life
  3. Self-determination – you can be in control of your own life and make choices about how you live
  4. Flexibility – you can decide how things should be done so they suit the way you want to live your life
  5. Choice – you can choose where and how you live
  6. Trust – you can be trusted as an equal partner in your relationships.

How does the NDIA fund ILOs?

The NDIS still needs to clarify some key elements about ILOs. These include determining how ILO supports will be priced, the specific pricing criteria to be considered and the scope of participants that can access ILO. 

What we do know is the following:

From 1 July 2020, ILO arrangements will potentially be open to any NDIS participant requesting it.

The NDIA announced 2 new line items in the 2020-2021 NDIS Price List, effective from 1 July.

These line items appear within the Assistance with Daily Living Support Category as:

Individualised Living Option – Exploration and Design

This is funded by the hour and is much the same as Support Coordination.

Individualised Living Option – Support Model

We are eagerly awaiting more information about the funding bands that will be used when making this determination.

How to include​ ILO in My NDIS Plan?

If a participant is looking to explore their home and living options, the NDIS recommends seeking an “Identifying Housing Solutions” package at a review (whether scheduled or unscheduled) as these processes naturally take time.

The planner’s role usually involves funding an amount of support coordination for the exploration of various living options.

Do I need any reports?

There are no mandated reports that must be submitted, however in a practical sense an up to date functional assessment and a clear explanation of the preferred home and living model vs other options would be useful. 

ILO Training Webinar

ILO's and the NDIS

After our last successful webinar "Disability Accommodation & the NDIS", our disability accommodation experts were overwhelmed with enquiries about Individual Living Options (ILOS) and the NDIS.

We have teamed up with My Supports - one of the very first ILO providers to deliver our first ILO Training Webinar 

ILO Training Webinar - ILO's and the NDIS

A detailed introduction to ILO's covering the following topics:

  • Introducing ILOS
    • Individual Living Options under the NDIS
    • Different types of ILO
    • Transitioning to NDIS ILO from other ILO packages
  • ILO Suitability
    • When is an ILO the best option?
    • Who is eligible for ILO? 
    • What is the difference between ILO and SIL?
  • How does the NDIS Fund ILOs?
    • Core Funding Components
    • ILO Funding in an NDIS plan
  • How to get an ILO into your NDIS Plan
    • What is an "Identifying Housing Solutions” package and when is it needed?
    • Housing Goals
    • Reports/evidence and documentation needed
  • Implementing an ILO in your NDIS plan
  • ILO Stakeholders
    • The role of a Support Coordinator
    • The role of an ILO Provider

NOTE: All participants will receive a participation certificate

$95.00 incl GST




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