Exploring NDIS Short-Term Accommodation Options for People with Disabilities

Aastha Community Services

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Australia recognises the importance of providing respite to primary caregivers of people with disabilities. Family members and carers of individuals with disabilities often experience significant physical and emotional fatigue. NDIS Short-Term Accommodation, including respite, (STA) support allows carers to recharge and take care of their own well-being, ultimately benefiting people with disabilities. Meanwhile, STA support offers a safe, supportive, and accessible environment for people with disabilities to pursue new things, develop their skills and expand their social circle.

Short-Term Accommodation, including respite, support helps eligible NDIS participants to take a break from mundane routines and enjoy a short stay away from home. This enables their carers to take a break from their usual duties as well. Using the STA funding available in their NDIS plan, participants can access temporary accommodation, food, personal care and capacity-building activities that can enhance their skills. STA service providers will ensure that the participants receive uninterrupted care and support while they are spending time away from home. Typically, the NDIS provide funding for a maximum of 28 days of Short-Term Accommodation per year. Participants can choose to use it consecutively for up to 14 days, or opt to use a single weekend each month. In most cases, STA funding is provided at a group rate, unless there is substantial evidence that the participant’s disability necessitates individualised support.

NDIS Short-Term Accommodation support has a profound impact on the lives of people with disabilities and their families. This support promotes independence and improves the well-being of individuals with disabilities and their carers. Aastha Community Services offers respite, support, and opportunities for growth and social connection through our STA services. As we continue to prioritise inclusivity and accessibility as an NDIS service provider, we encourage you to reach out to us to learn more about our support and services.