Independent Living Solutions

What is Individual Living Options (ILO)?

An Individualised Living Option (ILO) is an NDIS support that lets NDIS participants choose the home they live in and set up supports in the way that best suits them. An ILO is a package of supports that can help people live how they want in the home environment they have chosen. It’s not the home itself.

ILO supports will let people work out how they want to live and who they want to live with. There are choices with ILO; people can choose to live with their friends, house mates or on their own with tailored support.

ILO is funded in two parts. The first stage is all about exploring and designing supports that best suit the person. This will then help work out where they want to live, who they want to live with, what support they would need and who they want to provide the required support.

The second stage is implementing those supports. The supports will depend on how and where you want to live and what you require support with. This can also include any support the person receives from friends and family. The ILO support package can be changed if the persons needs change and will be designed to provide the safety, stability and flexibility of the person.

What does Focus ILO provide?

Focus’ Individual Living Options project is simple: you design the service you want, and we will help you to implement it. This allows you or your loved ones to be flexible in how you want the supports to work, creative in the implementation and adaptable to review ongoing.

Focus encourages people to take risks and to think of exactly how you want to live and be supported. Focus ILO will then create the model of service required and build a network of supports around that.

Focus will help to facilitate & coordinate:

The property


The support network (including family, friends, colleagues and community supports)


The NDIS hurdles (along with your Support Coordinator!)

Does Individualised Living Options secure me a house?

One thing to remember is that the ILO funding will not pay for a house. Instead, according to the NDIS funding criteria, you can use the funds to explore ways to live or design your support options based on the ILO arrangement that you want.

Is an Individual Living Program Right For You?

ILO is worth exploring if you’re at least 18 years old and require at least six hours of daily help at home. Individualised living options are also suitable if you don’t require registered nursing care or frequent support overnight. 

What is the Difference Between Direct and Indirect Support?

In an ILO arrangement, direct support refers to services that are provided directly to the individual with a disability, such as personal care, transportation, and assistance with daily living tasks.

On the other hand, indirect support offers services that are provided to the person with a disability via a third party, like case management, training development, and advocacy.

What individualised living options are available?

Individualised living options may include supported living arrangements, such as group homes or shared apartments, as well as in-home support services, such. as personal care, transportation, and assistance with daily living tasks.

How do I enquire with Focus ILO?

Focus holds a Vacancy Management Panel made up of experts on providing support to people living with disability every two weeks. At the Vacancy Management Panel, it will be decided on how we provide the support to a new client to live their life. If we believe they are a better fit to a different business or support method, we will make suggestions on that.

Once a person has been accepted through the Vacancy Management Panel, we can begin designing the service to help you live your life!