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Short-Term Accommodation (STA):

STA, also known as respite care, provides a temporary haven for individuals requiring accommodation for a few days or weeks. This could be in a residential house, unit, apartment, or hotel. During your stay, you’ll benefit from dedicated support staff, assistance with meals, personal care, and engaging social activities tailored to your preferences. STA is designed to offer a rejuvenating break for both participants and their carers.

Reasons you might need STA:

Your carers or family are unavailable due to leave or illness.

Recovery from illness or injury necessitating extra support.

Facing a crisis or an unexpected change in circumstances.

Seeking a change of scenery and new experiences.

STA Benefits:

Safe and comfortable accommodation.

Personalised support and care.

Enhanced independence and life skills.

Increased social and community participation.

Accessing STA:

To access STA, ensure funding is allocated in your NDIS plan. You can request STA funding during planning meetings or reviews, with the amount determined by your unique needs and goals. Choosing an NDIS-registered service provider in and around Melbourne is made easy with our reputable and experienced team.

Medium-Term Accommodation (MTA):

MTA offers a more extended solution, providing temporary housing for up to 90 days. This accommodation often takes place in specially designed or modified houses or apartments and includes support staff, meal assistance, personal care, and access to additional services when needed.

Reasons you might need MTA:

Approval for specialist disability accommodation (SDA), with the designated home not yet ready.

Awaiting finalisation or review of SDA funding.

Current living arrangements with family are no longer suitable or sustainable.

Transitioning from an aged care facility or hospital and seeking a new living arrangement.

MTA Benefits:

Suitable and accessible accommodation.

Specialised support and care.

Preparation for a permanent housing option.

Connection with other services and supports.

Accessing MTA:

Like STA, MTA requires funding allocated in your NDIS plan. Request MTA funding during planning meetings or reviews, with the amount based on your specific needs and goals. Explore our MTA-ready homes for a seamless transition.

Differences Between STA and MTA:

The primary distinction lies in the length and purpose of the accommodation. STA is for short periods (up to 14 days) and is mainly for respite or recreation, while MTA extends to 90 days and focuses on transitional purposes. Both options provide assistance with daily activities, accommodation, food, personal care, and support to achieve your goals and improve your quality of life.

Choosing Between STA and MTA:

The choice depends on your situation and goals. You might need both accommodations at different times or prefer one over the other based on your needs. To assist in deciding, consult your NDIS planner, coordinate with your carers or family, talk to potential providers, visit accommodations, and compare benefits and costs.


Whether you seek temporary housing, STA and MTA offer distinct options. STA provides respite for a few days or weeks, allowing a break from routine, while MTA serves as a transitional solution for a longer stay, preparing you for permanent housing. Both prioritise well-being, providing essential support, personalised care, and opportunities for personal growth and social interaction. When deciding, consider your unique circumstances, funding availability, and specific goals for an informed choice aligned with your preferences. Contact us anytime for more information.