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NDIS Terminology

If you’re caring for someone with a disability within NDIS, it can be hard to remember what all these terms mean. We’ve put together an easy-to-understand guide of abbreviations that are relevant when deciding what the best supports are for you.



Short Term Accommodation 

Short-Term Accommodation (STA) is a way of providing respite care that allows both you and your carer to have a break or a change of scenery. It can be arranged on a planned or emergency basis, and can be for a few hours, days, weeks or even months.


Medium Term Accommodation

Medium-Term Accommodation (MTA) is a funded program that provides temporary accommodation to eligible people who are waiting to move into long-term housing. The program is designed to provide participants with a safe and supported environment while they are waiting for their long-term housing situation to be resolved. 



Specialist Disability Accommodation 

Specialist disability accommodation (SDA) is a range of unique housing designed for people with functional impairment or very high support needs that must be under supervision. SDA housing have accessible features to help residents live more independently whilst still maintaining a high amount of support.


Supported Independent Living

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Reasonable & Necessary

Reasonable and necessary (R&N) supports are the supports we fund in your plan to meet your disability support needs. R&N supports are designed to help you achieve your personal goals, and they can include things like mobility aids, home modifications, transportation, personal care and more.



Occupational Therapy 

Occupational therapy (OT) is a branch of health care that helps people of all ages who have physical, sensory, or cognitive problems. OT practitioners work with patients to help them develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working.



Temporary Transform Payment

The Temporary Transform Payment (TTP) is a conditional pricing load designed to assist providers to transition to the NDIS. The purpose of the TTP is to help providers with the costs associated with transitioning to the NDIS, such as updating their business models, hiring new staff, or upgrading their premises.


People with Disability Australia

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is a leading disability rights, advocacy and representative organisation of and for all people with disability.



Independent Living Options 

Independent Living Option (ILO) has been developed by the NDIS to provide support that lets you, the Participant, choose where you live with the supports in place that best suit your needs. However, does not supply you with the house or the cost. 


Community Access Support Services

Community Access Support Services (CASS) provides community access support services to help people with disabilities set and achieve personal goals and participate in the community. CASS offers a variety of services, including information and referral, community outreach, advocacy, and capacity building.

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