Short Term Accommodation (STA) is presented under the headings of Short Term Respite Accommodation which offers short term housing and support and Short Term Holiday Accommodation which only offers short term accommodation.
The housing listed under Medium Term Accommodation (MTA) can be paid for using a type of core support funding called MTA funding, which is available to some NDIS participants. Housing accepting MTA funding is typically available for up to 90 days and will only cover the cost of the housing and not the support.
To view all listings on the Housing Hub that are accepting STA or MTA funding please click here.
When a person is waiting for their best long term housing option to be ready, they may need interim or temporary housing. The NDIS funding for this includes:
People with disability have the right to choose who they live with, where they live and how they live.
This means it’s really important for the person themselves, family, guardians, health and disability professionals, support provider agencies and housing provider agencies to do these 6 things. It might not be in this order, and with Covid-19 in our world, they might be done quicker than usual, but they all should be done:
When a person is stuck in hospital and their long-term housing option is not currently available This could be because they are:
If the person needs short term housing, say for 2-4 weeks, then Short term Accommodation funding may be useful. STA is usually:
STA is described as being used for a period of up to 14 days at a time. However, there have been examples where STA has been used for longer.
If the person is:
In these situations, the NDIA may determine it reasonable and necessary to fund the person for Medium Term Accommodation (MTA) funding.
Minister Stuart Robert’s media release on 2 December 2019 announced the introduction of Medium Term Accommodation funding and talked about it being used for bridging housing for younger NDIS participants who are at risk of being admitted to aged care, or for those who wish to leave aged care, while they wait for home modifications or identified specialist disability accommodation (SDA). It is also for participants who are ready to leave hospital but are waiting for disability-related home modifications to be completed on their house or for a vacancy or for their new build SDA to be ready.
The funding that is available is described in the NDIS Support Catalogue as:
Medium Term Accommodation and covers the costs of housing. The support component of the care to be claimed separately at the relevant time of day and day of week. This item can be used for periods up to 90 days (including COVID19 loading).
The current amount (27 March 2020) is : $138.92/day for National Non-Remote; $194.49/day for National remote; $208.38/day for National Very Remote (and all prices include a COVID19 loading).
When a person is in an exceptional circumstance and is discharged to interim housing without a long term housing option identified, it is essential to include a range of safeguards so that the person does not get ‘stuck’ in the interim housing option. These safeguards are things like: