The Differences between Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Specialist Disability Accommodation

Have you been wondering about how you can better uplift those in your life with special needs? It is important to be aware of what assistance is available and when it comes to accommodated living, two wonderful options are funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

These are Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and Supported Independent Living (SIL). As the carer of an individual living with a disability, you may be interested in understanding the distinctions between these options and how they can provide personalised care and disability support. Below, we’ve outlined and compared these options for you.

Supported Independent Living and Specialist Disability Accommodation

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)

SDA is purpose-built housing designed to promote independence and accessibility through the inclusion of modifications and features that cater to the needs of individuals with disabilities.


SDA funding is available to NDIS participants with severe functional impairments or complex support needs who cannot live in conventional housing.

This accommodation option is for those who require support with daily activities, lack support to meet their personal care needs, have resided in an aged care or group home for an extended period of time, or exhibit behaviours considered risky that may be assisted through SDA.

Supported Independent Living (SIL)

SIL is an NDIS-funded service that offers personal support to people with disabilities so they may live more independently. Individuals receive assistance with daily tasks like meal preparation to encourage and assist them in the development of personal skills to maximise their independence and self-reliance.



SIL funding is available for NDIS recipients who require paid worker support to live as independently as possible and can apply to an individual living alone or in shared accommodation. This assisted living option is for those who have high support needs and will benefit greatly from person-to-person support. SIL provision of support services may include personal care, household tasks, medical assistance, behavioural and social skills training and medication management.

Key Differences

Specialist Disability Accommodation concentrates on specialised housing solutions and the funding covers housing expenses that exceed typical costs. Supported Independent Living centres on providing support services for independent living and funding covers the costs of support workers for daily living.

Dual Funding

Could either of these be the help you or those you care for have been looking for? Reach out to My Life Accommodation to find out what we can do to support you. Or, if you have any questions, we are always happy to help.