The NDIS has published updated Operational Guidelines for MTA – Medium Term Accommodation
Medium Term Accommodation
Medium term accommodation is a time limited, transitional disability accommodation support designed to meet a participant’s disability related housing needs whilst awaiting disability related supports which will enable them to move into their long term housing solution.
Medium term accommodation:
- includes the accommodation component only;
- is provided concurrently with the participant’s informal supports and NDIS funded supports, such as assistive technology, assistance with daily life, and community access supports;
- is only funded where there is confirmation of a long term housing solution. For example, where a Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) tenancy has been offered but the property is not yet available or where a participant is awaiting completion of home modifications to their privately owned home or rental property.
Medium term accommodation does not include:
- everyday living costs. Participants remain responsible for meeting their day-to-day living costs including groceries, utilities, telephone or internet costs.
When considering if MTA is a suitable support option, the NDIA must assess whether the support meets the requirements of section 34(1) of the NDIS Act 2013
Generally, the NDIS will fund medium term accommodation supports for participants who are awaiting disability related supports and:
- are exiting hospital, rehabilitation, aged care or custodial settings, where transitional accommodation supports are required prior to their move into a confirmed long term housing solution; or
- reside in other accommodation arrangements which are not sustainable due to the impact of their disability and where they have confirmation of a long term housing solution.
The NDIS will generally not fund medium term accommodation supports:
- where a participant is on a waiting list for social or community housing. This excludes where there is confirmation of an offer of tenancy from a community housing provider or a state government office of housing, but the participant cannot move in because they are waiting for other disability related supports;
- where a participant requires Short Term Accommodation (STA) supports including respite;
- in response to a crisis or rapid changes in circumstances, unless the participant is waiting on the provision of disability specific supports and where they have confirmation of a long term housing solution; or
- where the participant does not require disability related supports related to their long term housing solution.
Types of Long Term Housing Solutions
Long term housing solutions may include:
- Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). For example, where a SDA tenancy has been offered but is not yet available.
- Home Modifications. For example, the participant is awaiting completion of home modifications to their existing accommodation which may be their own home or private rental.
Confirmation of Long Term Housing Solutions
The NDIA must receive evidence to confirm the participant’s long term housing solution. Such confirmation may include evidence of the following:
- Offer of a SDA tenancy agreement
- Date for completion of home modifications
- Offer of a tenancy in accommodation that is supported by a Supported Independent Living (SIL) provider
Generally, medium term accommodation will be funded for up to 90 days.
Medium term accommodation may be funded for a further specified period of time where there is confirmation that the long term housing solution will be available within the agreed time period. For example, evidence is provided to verify that the vacancy, new build or home modification will be available within a specified time-frame (beyond 90 days).
Funding for medium term accommodation supports must be described in the statement of participant supports as specifically identified. This will ensure the support is purchased and provided as described, to support the participant to meet their housing support needs.