Living independently

Household tasks

Some of the tasks you may need to do when you live on your own can include:

  • cooking and making meals
  • shopping
  • cleaning
  • washing your clothes.

Autism Launchpad has information and videos for people who would like to become more independent.

If you need some extra help to learn these skills, the NDIS can provide funding to help you. It can also provide funding for someone to come and help you to do these things. Read more about how the NDIS can help.

Money and budgeting

Learning about money and budgeting is an important part of living on your own.

  • Rent assistance may be available to people who receive a regular payment from Centrelink.
  • The bond loan scheme is an interest-free loan scheme that can help you pay your bond.
  • MoneySmart has a simple money manager tool that can help you to manage your money and plan for your expenses.
  • Centrepay is a free service you can use to help you pay your bills and expenses.

Looking after you

Personal hygiene

Looking after your personal hygiene is very important when you are living on your own. Some of the things you will need to do to stay healthy include:

  • showering
  • washing your hands
  • brushing your teeth

The iDO Hygiene app can help you to learn these things. 

The NDIS can also provide some funding for someone to help you to do these things if you need it.

Staying Safe

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has some helpful tips about how to stay safe in your home, out and about and online.

Last updated: Saturday, 19 January 2019, 3:25 AM