What Is Supported Independent Living (SIL)?

Supported Independent Living On The Sunshine Coast

Helping You Build Confidence & Independence

Supported Independent Living, or SIL for short, is a system that enables people living with disabilities, such as down syndrome and autism, to live as independently as possible, but still have access to help and/or supervision they need for daily living tasks.

These individuals get the opportunity to develop their skills and independence, while living in a shared environment that provides friendship, support and help when needed.

SIL is a paid personal support service and a number of factors should be considered before you determine if it’s right for your loved one. For more, call us today to see how SIL can work for you.

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Our Supported Independent Living Process

Achieve Your Goal Of Living Independently 

Step 1 – Meeting

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After our first contact, we will meet & ask you (and the people around you) lots of questions to get to know you, your likes and wants. We will discuss how it all works and you can get to know us better too! 

Step 2 – Accommodation

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Based on the information we gather at the meeting, we may show you some readily available accommodation or we start searching for the right place and maybe for the right housemate(s).

Step 3 – Moving In

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You will meet the Team of Support Workers we specifically choose for you. Based on the NDIS approval of our SIL Pack, we will fill in some final forms and then you are finally all set to move in!



More About Support & SIL


Sapphire Support is a recognised supported independent living provider (SIL provider) on the Sunshine Coast. We provide SIL options to suit those with down syndrome and other disabilities. We tailor our services around their NDIS plan and funding:


A New Home

Moving into a new home is an exciting experience, but there is always a lot to consider.  It can be a trying time for those living with disabilities, as well as their friends and family. As a small, local organisation with a big heart, we are there to support each step of the way.

We are committed to helping those with disabilities to live their best life, the way that they choose. We want to learn all about our participants; their hopes, dreams and aspirations. We will ask lots of questions as we get to know our clients. This ensures that we can provide you with the best support possible.

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is assistance with or supervision of tasks of daily life in a shared living environment to help people living with disabilities develop skills to live as independently as possible. This is funded through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Individuals under age 65 with a disability may be eligible for NDIS funding for SIL. To learn more visit the NDIS website here.

SIL Quote & NDIS Funding

Sapphire Support’s Supported Independent Living (SIL) service covers assistance provided to a participant to live independently in the housing option of their choice.

However, NDIS funding does not cover day-to-day living expenses such as rent, food and activity costs etc.

Navigating the NDIS can be daunting! Sapphire Support will work with you to develop a SIL funding quote for the NDIS, who will then if approved, add the appropriate level of funding to your plan.

If you are not sure whether you are eligible for SIL or not, contact your Support Coordinator or the Local Area Coordinator. You can also call the NDIS on 1800 800 110 for more information.

Who we support

We provide integrated support services that take into consideration the client’s individual needs.  We can help people who need complex intellectual disability support and provide intellectual disability resources, right through to assisting with daily living activities.

We can provide 24-hour shared or 1:1 support, with active nights or sleepover. We will work with you to design the support system that you want and need.

what’s next?

Read our top FAQs about SIL for more information. If you are interested in a Supported Independent Living House, let us know. Come for a visit and meet with us to discuss options.

When you are ready you can submit an application and if you are the right match for the home, we can get started right away.
Contact us below to take the first step.

Supported independent living Vacancies

As an NDIS service Provider, Sapphire Support provides assistance to people living with disabilities across Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Moreton Bay. Our SIL homes are accessible, comfortable and purpose-built with you top of mind!

If our supported independent living vacancies below are not suitable, we will tailor an accommodation which matches your needs. Simply call us on 1300 881 884 to discuss your options or click on the Application Form button below the property images.

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Buderim – Sunshine Coast Region (Female late 20’s – 1:3 ratio)

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Supported Independent Living - Buderim Upstairs Sapphire Support
Supported Independent Living - Buderim Kitchen Sapphire Support
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Twin Waters – Sunshine Coast Region (Male – 1:3 ratio)


Alexandra Headland – Sunshine Coast Region (Male – 1:2 ratio)

Supported Independent Living - Alexandra Headland Front House Sapphire Support
Supported Independent Living - Alexandra Headland Dining Sapphire Support
Supported Independent Living Alexandra Headland Laundry Bathroom Sapphire Support
Supported Independent Living Alexandra Headland Studio Sapphire Support
Supported Independent Living - Alexandra Headland Kitchen Bathroom Sapphire Support


In alignment with the NDIA recommendations, having a written service agreement is essential so that participants and Sapphire Support are clear about what each party has agreed to.

Service agreements help make sure the participant and Sapphire Support have the same expectations of what supports will be delivered and how they will be delivered.

Sapphire Support ensures that our team supports each participant in facilitating understanding of these terms, taking into consideration language usage, mode of communication and terms that the participant can understand.

You can find an example of our SIL Service Agreement by clicking into the SIL Terms link in the footer of our website or contact us here for more information regarding your specific needs.


What Is Supported Independent Living (SIL)?

Supported Independent Living, or SIL for short, is a 24/7 support system that enables people with a disability to live as independently as possible, but still, have access to help and/or supervision for their daily living tasks and personal care. You get the opportunity to develop your skills and independence, while at the same time living in an environment that provides support and helps when needed.

The NDIS defines Supported Independent Living (SIL) as help with and/or supervision of daily tasks to develop the skills of an individual to live as independently as possible. These are the supports provided to a participant in their home, regardless of property ownership, and can be in a shared or individual arrangement.

Click here for more information on Supported Independent Living from the NDIS website.

Where Can I Find Supported Independent Living Vacancies?

A number of disability service providers, including Sapphire Support, can help you with finding a vacancy within a SIL accommodation building, be it a unit or a house. You would have to check with us about the suitability of the location and the type of supports you would need before you could make a clear decision.

Sapphire Support currently manages homes spread throughout the Sunshine Coast Region from Noosa to Scarborough (North Brisbane). We are continuously expanding our services into new suburbs so it is best to contact us for the location of appropriate services close to you. Call us on 1300 881 884 to find out more.

Can I Get Funding For Supported Independent Living?

SIL is best suited for participants who have high support needs. This means you require a significant amount of help throughout the day. If SIL is the most appropriate support for you, you will receive funding for this assistance as part of your NDIS plan.

The amount of SIL funding you receive will depend on the level and type of support you need to live as independently as you can.

During your planning meeting, you should talk about what supports you need at home and discuss whether SIL is suitable for you. Your planner will then assess if it is a support that is reasonable and necessary for your needs. Call us on 1300 881 884 to find out more.

Is Sapphire Support an Approved NDIS SIL Provider?

Yes. Sapphire Support is registered as a SIL Provider with NDIS (#4050043190). Call us on 1300 881 884 for more information.

What Are The NDIS Supported Independent Living Guidelines?

The overall guidelines of the NDIS regarding SIL are to determine whether it is “reasonable and necessary”. A full list can be seen here. A service or support:

  • must be related to a participant’s disability
  • must not include day-to-day living costs not related to your disability support needs, such as groceries
  • should represent value for money
  • must be likely to be effective and work for the participant, and
  • should take into account support given to you by other government services, your family, carers, networks and the community.

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