NDIS Medium Term Accommodation

Do you need medium term accommodation while you await an upcoming move? Medium Term Accommodation can be funded through the NDIS in situations where NDIS participants are waiting to move into more permanent or longer term housing.

In this article, we explain when and how to access MTA and the criteria under which the NDIS fund Medium Term Accommodation. We also outline where you can find lots of available properties that have been designed to meet your needs.

What is Medium Term Accommodation?

Short Term Accommodation is useful when you would like a short stay away from home, and to give your carer a break. In contrast, Medium Term Accommodation (MTA) is a different funded service which is used to provide you with a safe and comfortable place to live while you wait for more permanent accommodation.

MTA funding is used when your permanent or longer term accommodation and supports are not ready.

Examples of Medium Term Accommodation

One common situation where MTA can be accessed arises when you have found a suitable Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) home to move into, but the home is not yet ready. You may need to live somewhere while you wait for your new, more permanent home to be finished or vacated.

MTA funding could also be used if, for example, you:

  • need to move out while modifications are made to your current home

  • have been living in an inappropriate setting, like an aged care facility, and are waiting to move out to more suitable accommodation

  • anticipate a hospital discharge or are ready to be discharged from hospital but home modifications or adaptions need to be made at your place, to support your disability

Who is eligible for MTA funding?

To be eligible for NDIS supported Medium Term Accommodation, you must meet all three of following criteria:

  1. you have a long term home arranged to move into once your MTA stay is complete

  2. you are not able to move into your new long term home because the disability supports you require are not ready

  3. your current accommodation is not suitable and you can’t stay where you currently live while you are waiting for your long term home to be available or ready

You will need to provide evidence, such as a tenancy agreement, that you have a a long term home to move into by the time the MTA funded period of up to 90 days is complete.

What is a long term home in the NDIS?

You can stay in NDIS Medium Term Accommodation while you wait for your long term home to become available.

Under the NDIS guidelines, a long term home is the home you expect to live in for the foreseeable future, on a more permanent or ongoing basis. You must also have received confirmation that you can live in the home.

Examples of long term homes under the NDIS guidelines include:

  • your own home, after modifications you require have been completed are finished

  • a private rental property or social or community housing, with additional supports

  • homes managed by NDIS providers where you can receive independent living support or individualised living

  • a home designated as a specialist disability accommodation dwelling

What is the difference between Medium Term Accommodation and Specialist Disability Accommodation?

Specialist Disability Accommodation SDA is another form of NDIS funded accommodation. SDA is a more permanent and long term home option. Specialist Disability Accommodation dwellings are often home to several people, who may have varied but usually very complex and high care support needs.

The NDIS fund Medium Term Accommodation when the stay and supports are temporary in nature and will be for less than 90 days.

What isn't covered by MTA funding?

Medium Term Accommodation isn’t a standalone support. MTA funding needs to be allocated as part of a longer term plan for more suitable and sustainable housing. MTA funding is usually provided to the NDIS participant for no more than 90 days.

Medium length accommodation does not include funding for day-to-day living costs like food, internet or electricity. It also doesn’t include any personal care supports , or other supports you get in your own home. We fund other disability supports separately if you need them while you stay in MTA.

It’s important to note that MTA funding isn’t considered as a form of respite for carers. If your carer needs a break while you stay somewhere else, you should consider other respite options.

Nursed Care for NDIS Medium Term Accommodation

Here at Nursed Care, we facilitate and organise a range of different accommodation solutions for NDIS participants. We have plenty of MTA properties available while you await your move to a more permanent home. Our SDA, SIL and MTA homes offer comfort, safety and independence for a wonderful home and living experience while you are waiting for another place.

The qualified Nursed Care staff are responsible for creating a pleasing home environment and delivering the home and living supports that you need. Each home meets NDIS guidelines and design codes.

Take a moment to browse our properties, by using the accommodation search tool on our website to search for a suitable vacancy.

Nursed Care for quality NDIS services and accommodation

Medium Term Accommodation is just one example of the types of services we offer at Nursed Care. The range of Nursed Care NDIS supports include:

  • SDA and SIL accommodation

  • personal and hygiene support

  • domestic assistance and support

  • support and assistance with the tasks of daily living like taking medication

  • home modifications and maintenance

  • respite, to provide carers with some time out

  • capacity building support to learn a new skill or two

  • transport to see friends or family

  • support coordinator activities

Contact Nursed Care for more information about our range of quality services.

Related questions

Funding for a stay at an MTA dwelling is covered by the NDIS, although a participant may be asked to contribute to the costs. The amount you can expect to pay for housing will be outlined on your completed NDIS plan. The plan will include a breakdown of costs and expenses.

MTA properties are located all around Sydney. It is understandable if you are looking for MTA properties in only a certain area. For example, you might need your MTA to be located close to family, the hospital or community centre or facility. Use the search tool on our website to look for a vacancy that meets your unique needs.

In some cases, where there have been delays or issues related to you long term home or your moving date has changed, then you me be granted an extension to the 90 day MTA stay. If you need to request an extension, speak to your NDIS Support Coordinator, Local Area Coordinator or Early Childhood Partner. It’s best to provide reasonable notice when you make your request for an extension.

The National Disability Scheme (NDIS) is a federal program in Australia that provides home and living supports to people with disabilities, who are aged under 65 years. Older people who are waiting to move into a nursing home or aged care facility are not eligible to access MTA funding.

However, older people can often access a range of alternative assistance and home and living supports through the My Aged Care scheme. This is a funded scheme for older people in Australia.

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