What is Short Term Accommodation?

Under the NDIS guidelines, Short Term Accommodation, or Respite Care is funded for Participants to have a break, learn new skills, prepare for independent living or to give their regular carers a well earned break.

What does Short Term Accommodation look like?

About STA

Short Term Accommodation, including respite, is funding for support and accommodation for a short time away from your usual home. It covers the cost of your care in another place for up to 14 days at a time. You might have a short stay with other people, or by yourself. It’s often funded when your usual carers aren’t available, or for you to try new things.

Usually the NDIS fund up to 28 days of Short Term Accommodation per year. You can use your Short Term Accommodation funding flexibly. For example, you might want to use it in a block of up to 14 days at a time or for one weekend a month.

Short Term Accommodation (Respite) is funded under “Core Supports” with the support category “Assistance with Daily Activities”

Plan Your Perfect Respite Break With Us

We specialise in Respite breaks around Victoria – some ideas…


  • A couple of nights in a luxury Melbourne apartment with a trip to the MCG.
  • A long-weekend or a week in Albury-Wodonga.
  • A week-long holiday in Melbourne to explore some of the myriad attractions and sights of this wonderful city.

Helicopter Tour

Nothing beats the exhilaration of a helicopter flight. Experience the thrill of flying over Melbourne on a 20 minute scenic flight.

Melbourne City

Melbourne city has so much to offer. Melbourne Laneways, Cafes, Observation Wheel, Queen Vic Markets, River Cruises, St Kilda and much much more…

Further Afield

Take a day trip along the Great Ocean Road, to Philip Island or take a ride on Puffing Billy.


Albury-Wodonga offers so much from Murray River activities such as walks, picnics, kayaking and swimming to Museums and Galleries to Wineries, Breweries and Markets


Footy or cricket fan? Don’t miss seeing a match, or at least taking a tour of the MCG!


Melbourne Zoo, SeaLife Aquarium, Ballarat Wildlife Park, Moonlit Sanctuary, Werribee Open Range Zoo – there are plenty of options for checking out native and international wildlife.

About Us

Plan 4 Life are a boutique service provider based in Melbourne specialising in disability accommodation. We work with Participants and Providers all around Victoria.

We find Specialist Disability Accommodation for SDA-funded NDIS participants

We arrange tailor-made respite holidays (STA) for individuals and groups in Metro Melbourne, Victoria or around Australia.

We contract care workers from throughout Melbourne on behalf of Care providers needing contract staff for SIL, SDA, MTA and STA.

Short Term Accommodation FAQs

What is Short Term Accommodation, including respite?

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’s a broad term that covers various types of short-term accommodation support and also includes respite care. STA enables you to experience living away from home in a supportive environment for short periods of time.

What are the benefits of STA?

To fund Short Term Accommodation the NDIS will determine whether:

  • the need for Short Term Accommodation is related to your disability
  • it helps you pursue your goals
  • it helps you to participate in the community
  • it’s value for money
  • how much support your family and other informal supports provide.

Is the Short Term Accommodation related to your disability?
The NDIS can only fund Short Term Accommodation if it relates to your disability support needs.

Does Short Term Accommodation help you pursue your goals?
Short Term Accommodation needs to support you to pursue your goals. This might be something like increasing your independence or building your skills, which may also result in carers having a break.

Does Short Term Accommodation help you to participate in the community?
The NDIS needs to understand how Short Term Accommodation will help you participate in the community. For example, it might help you meet new people and develop your independence or social skills.

How do you get Short Term Accommodation in your plan

You may not need funding for Short Term Accommodation put into your plan. You can choose to use your Core budget on supports like Short Term Accommodation if it helps you pursue your goals.

If your circumstances change and you need Short Term Accommodation but there isn’t enough funding in your Core budget, you can ask for a plan reassessment (review). Ask your Support Coordinator, LAC or planner.

The NDIS can include additional funding in your plan to cover Short Term Accommodation if it’s reasonable and necessary. This means it relates to one of your goals outlined in your NDIS plan such as ‘Preparing to live independently’ or ‘Learning new life skills’.