Separating housing and support

Separating tenancy and personal support is critical to enabling choice and control for people with disability. The NDIA has indicated that in the short term tenancy and support should be ‘separable’, and that over time personal support providers should not also provide housing.

Before the NDIS, these two services were often combined and offered by the same provider, creating problems for people who are unhappy with either their housing or the support they’re receiving.

The benefits of separating housing and personal support aren’t clear to many providers, and many aren’t sure how to go about separating their services. This uncertainty has the potential to slow down the separation of services, as well as seeing problems that some providers have already worked through and solved being repeated by other providers.

The Summer Foundation has created a toolkit for organisations, to assist them to separate their housing and support services. The toolkit includes checklists and other assessment tools, case studies on existing models and pathways from around Australia, analysing these models and including sample agreements, memorandum of understanding documents and other relevant documents that can be easily adapted.

Through this toolkit we expect that housing and support providers will understand why separation is beneficial and how it can work in practice. View the Separating Housing and Support Services Toolkit