There are various supports the NDIS can deliver for various durations – a few hours, overnight or longer, depending on the NDIS participant and their carers. NDIS respite care or disability accommodation in Sydney can be funded by your NDIS Plan.

What is respite care?

NDIS Respite care allows the participant and the carer to have a break, and for the participant to have a change of scenery.

Respite can be delivered through:

  • Formal care via paid in-home assistance or centre-based assistance
  • Support and services such as joining a new community group
  • Temporary periods of extra personal support so the person with a disability can remain at home.

How does respite care under the NDIS work?

Respite care is created to support continued caring arrangements between participants and their carers. Respite care is normally funded for up to 14 days. Funding for STA Short-term accommodation and Assistance occurs under Core support – Assistance with Daily Life, in your NDIS Plan. NDIS applicants may choose to use these funds to receive respite care.

What does respite care cover?

Respite care covers all necessary costs in a 24-hour period for delivering the service, including:

  • Short-term accommodation in a convenient facility
  • Assistance with self-care or community permit activities
  • Overnight help
  • Food assistance


Assistance with Social and Community Participation

Social and Community Participation is a funded asset category that the disabled participant may get in their NDIS plan under the Core Supports budget. This funding allows the applicant to meet the goals that are linked to participating in the community and social activities.

The services that you use NDIS funds on need to be defined as useful and necessary. For example, participants could use NDIS funding for a Disability Support Worker to help them to travel between locations or to attend a music concert. NDIS funding also covers support for tasks and activities that are centre-based or in the community.

Under Social and Community Participation, the NDIS may also fund a support worker to support the applicant to access the following opportunities:

  • take individual development courses
  • join a social or community group
  • take a trip or a vacation
  • go on a vacation camp
  • go to community events

Group Activities

Where the provision of support enables a participant to engage in community, socially or in recreational activities at a centre, payment rates will be determined by the staff to participant ratio. If the participant has challenging behavior or high medical support needs which require additional assistance, this is referred to as higher intensity support and its cost is higher.

Providers of group-based support are not permitted to bill for ‘non-face-to-face services’ including writing reports, phone calls, emails, research and training of staff, etc. This is because the hourly price limits for group-based supports already include an allowance for non-face-to-face services.

Ebenezer Mission’s Allied Health Team:

Ebenezer Mission’s team of allied health care specialists can deliver additional tailored therapy for people with a disability across Sydney. Our allied health specialists work with applicants to determine and evaluate issues, and provide treatments to support skills acquisition and healing. A comprehensive examination is made to determine areas where the applicants are experiencing complications and the appropriate therapies needed.

Some of the great support and services that Ebenezer Mission offers for the challenges posed by disabilities while doing different tasks or daily activities, include disability accommodation in Sydney, community nursing care and more. To learn about our full range of support and services, visit our website and get assistance to pursue your goals. We aim to help disabled people become skillful, independent and confident to do their daily tasks on their own.


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