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What You Should Know About Respite Care and the NDIS

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One of Avocado Care’s frequently asked questions (FAQs) is whether the NDIS supports respite care services or not. The answer is Yes, it is possible!

When it comes to respite care services, there are a lot of misconceptions about how the NDIS operates.

Respite care can be included in an NDIS Plan if it is deemed “appropriate and necessary.”

What is respite care, and how does it work?

NDIS respite care gives main caregivers short-term relief. It can take place in a single afternoon or over several days or weeks. Care can be delivered in a variety of settings, including the home, a healthcare institution, or an adult day center.

Respite care gives both the person with disability and their caregiver a break or a change of environment. When a regular caregiver is unable to provide care, alternate care is provided.

It is possible to provide respite in the following ways:

  • Friends or family members providing informal care (not funded by the NDIS)
  • Paid in-home or center-based formal care (funded by the NDIS)

Accommodation and help for a certain period of time (inc. respite)

Looking after family, carers, and support networks is a crucial aspect of a person with a disability’s overall care, according to the NDIS. Respite care services can benefit everyone’s involved health and well-being.

In regard to the NDIS, you may have heard the term “short term accommodation (STA) and assistance.” 

The term “respite” was previously omitted from line items in the NDIS Price Guide. Late in 2019, changes were made to clarify up the ambiguity, and relief was added to the existing descriptions.

In the NDIS Support Catalogue and provider site, look for STA and Assistance (Inc. Respite).

These line items are for temporary accommodation support.

How does the NDIS's respite care program work?

Respite care is intended to help participants and their unpaid caregivers maintain continuing caring arrangements.

It’s an opportunity for the participant to receive assistance from someone else while their primary caregiver takes a break or goes on vacation.

In most cases, respite care is covered for up to 14 days at a time. Longer-term plans necessitate a different kind of NDIS funding (Medium Term Accommodation or Supported Independent Living). 

In your NDIS Plan, funding for STA and assistance (including respite) is listed under Core supports – Assistance with Daily Life. If you have this budget, you can opt to spend some of it on respite.

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What is covered by NDIS respite care?

All basic expenses linked to providing the service in a 24-hour period, including:

  • Accommodation in an appropriate facility for a short period of time
  • Assistance with self-care or participation in community activities
  • Overnight assistance
  • Food
  • Activities that have been agreed upon.
What is the cost of respite care?

The NDIS Price Guide establishes maximum rates based on the day of the week and the staff-to-participant ratio.


  • Weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as public holidays, have varied pricing.
  • All of the above costs are included in the price.
  • For rural and very remote areas, there are different price limits.


Because respite arrangements vary very much, it’s crucial to negotiate a pricing depending on the length of stay, the type of assistance required, and the extent to which the service is all-inclusive (i.e. meals and activities).

AvocadoCare Respite care services

AvocadoCare offers assistance in finding accommodation and respite services.

Caregivers of persons with disabilities or who require major or long-term help can benefit from our services.

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