Become a Host

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Do you want to support people with disability live a good and independent life? Become a host!

A host is someone who provides live in support, companionship and shares their life with Interchange customers. Every host arrangement is unique and flexible to suit your lifestyle. You can offer your home on an occasional, respite or full-time basis.

As a full-time host, your home will be the customer’s primary residence, while a respite host will share their home with the customer on alternate weekends. 

Who can become a host?

Anyone! You can be a student, employed full-time or part-time, own your own home or rent, be single, a couple or a family! All you need is a desire to provide a safe and nurturing environment and a passion for supporting people with disability to live a good life. Interested? Register your interest here.

What are the benefits of becoming a host?

There are many benefits in becoming an Interchange host! You (and your housemate) will both experience an enhanced sense of belonging and create meaningful social connections. You will also feel great knowing that you are helping someone live a good and independent life! 

Hosts also receive: 

  • Tax-free cost reimbursement 
  • Free-training and up-skilling 
  • Access to mentoring from an experience Interchanger 
  • Great lifestyle balance – YOU can choose your own hours 

What are your responsibilities as a host?

The main responsibility of our hosts is creating a safe, stable, and nurturing environment for you and Interchange customers.  

Since each host arrangement is unique, your day-to-day responsibilities as a host will vary depending on the level of support and the type of living arrangement you can provide.  

Being a Host is very rewarding once you have the right match. It’s rewarding for everyone; for the person we support, for us and even our family and friends. Others have asked us about becoming involved!
– Helen, Interchange Host

What to expect with the host application

1. Register your interest in becoming a host

Complete our enquiry form to register your interest in becoming a host. One of our friendly Interchange Team Members will be in contact to chat more about your interest in becoming a host and the next steps to formalise your application. 

2. NDIS Worker Screening application process

All hosts will be required to go through an NDIS Worker Screening Check. 

3. Interview and Living Arrangement Assessment

Interchange carefully considers the accessibility of your home, the level of support you can provide, and your availability before matching you with an Interchange customer. 

4. Service Proposal

Once you have been matched with an Interchange customer, we will create a quote, known as a Service Proposal, that outlines what services and supports will be included in the host arrangement. 

5. Living arrangement begins!

Your new housemate moves in! But don’t think you will be left on your own. Your dedicated Shared Lives Lead will be in regular contact with you to make sure both parties are happy and comfortable with the living arrangement.  

Want to know more?

Click here to find out more or register your interest in becoming an Interchange host and we will be in touch shortly.