Individualised Living Options (ILO): Designing Your Life For Independent Living


Individualised Living Options (ILO) under the NDIS provides the flexibility for you to select the home of your choice and establish customised support that aligns with your preferences and needs.

What is Individualised Living Options (ILO)?

Imagine having the freedom to choose where you live, how you live, who you live with, and the kind support you need to thrive. That’s the essence of Individualised Living Options (ILO). ILO is a flexible approach to housing and support services that caters to the unique needs and aspirations of people with disability. It breaks away from the traditional one-size-fits-all model and empowers individuals to make choices about their lives.

Who is eligible for Individualised Living Options (ILO)?

To be eligible for ILO funding, you must be:

  • An active NDIS participant
  • Have a disability that limits your ability to perform daily tasks
  • Need support to live independently and participate in the community

How to get Individualised Living Options (ILO) Funding

The process of securing Individualised Living Options (ILO) funding involves working closely with your NDIS planner:

  1. Start the Conversation:

    Talk to your NDIS planner about your living goals and aspirations.

  2. Comprehensive Assessment:

    An occupational therapist or other qualified professional will assess your needs to determine the level of support you require.

  3. Tailored Funding Request:

    Your NDIS planner will create a personalised ILO funding request based on the assessment findings.

  4. NDIS Review and Decision:

    The NDIS will review the funding request and make a final decision.

Understanding the participant’s needs

The success of Individualised Living Options (ILO) hinges on understanding each individual’s unique needs and aspirations. This comprehensive assessment focuses on three key areas:

  1. Functional Capacity Evaluation:

    Evaluating your ability to perform daily tasks and participate in community activities.

  2. Living Goals Exploration:

    Uncovering your preferences for living arrangements, including location, type of accommodation, and support needs.

  3. Support Requirements Determination:

    Determining the level and type of support necessary to achieve your living goals.

Exploration and design

Once your needs are fully understood, the exploration and design phase begins. This involves working together to:

  1. Identify Diverse Living Options:

    Explore a wide range of housing alternatives that align with your preferences and needs.

  2. Develop Personalised Support Plans:

    Create tailored support plans that address your daily living, social, and personal care needs.

  3. Establish Supportive Networks:

    Build strong relationships with support providers, community organisations, and natural supports such as family and friends.

A spectrum of supports: empowering you to thrive

ILO funding can cover a wide range of supports, including:

  1. Personal Care Assistance:

    Help with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, and eating.

  2. Household Tasks Support:

    Assistance with maintaining your home, including cleaning and cooking.

  3. Community Access Facilitation:

    Help with transportation, social activities, and participation in community events.

  4. Skills Development Enhancement:

    Support to improve life skills, such as budgeting, cooking, and independent living.

  5. Assistive Technology Funding:

    Funding for assistive technology to improve independence and participation.

Common questions: addressing your concerns

To address frequently asked questions about ILO:

  • ILO vs. Traditional Group Homes:

    ILO offers a more individualised and flexible approach, allowing you to choose your living arrangements and support levels. Traditional group homes provide a standardized living environment with shared support services.

  • ILO Funding Allocation:

    The amount of funding you receive depends on your individual needs and circumstances. Your NDIS planner will work with you to determine the appropriate level of funding.

  • ILO Funding Mechanism:

    ILO funding is typically provided through a combination of direct fundings to you and fundings to service providers delivering supports.

Nextt: Your Partner in Setting Up ILO

Nextt is a leading provider of disability support services, committed to helping people with a disability live fulfilling and independent lives. We can assist you with every aspect of setting up ILO, from understanding your eligibility and completing the funding application to designing personalised support plans and connecting you with the right support providers.