About SILC

Our mission is to create great, sustainable homes and life experiences for people living with disability, by connecting families and communities.

our story


Supporting Independent Living Co-operative (SILC) was established in September, 2016, as a hub to support families to develop their own independent housing models under the NDIS.

Our aim is to support NDIS Participants and their family members to form and operate small family governed SIL Homes.

SILC is a registered NDIS provider. In March 2019 SILC had 10 SIL funded homes in Sydney, NSW.


How SILC came about.

PaRA was formed as a family-governed home for three young men with autism.
PaRA formed a legal cooperative entity - with the families, housemates and workers, active members and decision-makers. Following this, PaRA also became an approved provider in NSW - achieved third party verification under the NSW Disability Services Standards.
March 2016
Key partners and family members decided to form a new organisation (SILC), that could support other families and people with disability to establish family-governed housing models using NDIS funding.
September 2016
SILC was formed as a legal entity with registration as a non-distributing co-operative.
October 2016
Startup funding was received from the Sector Development Fund and SILC appointed an inaugural CEO.
July 2017
SILC was approved as a NDIS registered service provider in NSW
September 2017 - MAY 2019
SILC has now supported the establishment of 10 houses operating in Sydney and has two more homes being established.

SILC acts as a hub

SILC connects NDIS participants, families and carers to establish their own family-governed homes for people with a disability.

SILC does this by:


Hosting forums where members can share knowledge, ideas and resources.


Providing information through the SILC website.

providing guidance

Guiding families through the establishment and operation of family-governed homes for NDIS participants.


Referring to other organisations that can assist, for example, housing co-operatives.


Advocating on behalf of the SILC community about issues that affect you, for example, housing under the NDIS.


Sharing information, resources and experiences allows you to help and to be helped by other families in the spirit of mutuality.
individual members
Individual members of SILC are people who are interested in using NDIS funding to set up a household for themselves or for someone they care for.
Corporate members
PaRA Co-operative Ltd.
My House Oatlands Inc.
TK Assisted Living Co-operative Ltd.
(December 2016)
Jia-Home Co-operative Ltd.
(November 2017)
CESIL House Co-operative Ltd.
(December 2017)
Kieran & Matt's Place Ltd.
(March 2017)
Casa Mia
(October 2018)
Emet House Co-op Ltd.
(February 2019)
(February 2019)
Charis House Co-operative Ltd.
(May 2019)
silc member
SILC corporate member
relationship between SILC and its members

financial arrangements

SILC is a charity established to support its members by helping them establish and operate family governed homes for people with disabilities. SILC does not seek to make a profit. SILC operates efficiently with low overheads and relies on support from pro bono individuals and organisations. We need to cover operating expenses and maintain a small surplus to operate effectively.

Start Up Phase:

SILC received a start-up grant through the Sector Development Fund (SDF) from the Department of Social Services. The Department recognised the important value that SILC could offer in supporting individuals and their families to set up their own family-governed models under the NDIS. The SDF grant covered the period from September 2016 to June 2017. 

You can read more about the SDF here

You can read SILC's final report to the SDF here

Operational Phase:

From mid 2017, SILC has received funding from 2 main sources: 

1. Membership fees – individuals and corporate members; and 

2. Charging for NDIS services or supports.

As a charity SILC also receives tax deductible donations from donors.

Schedule of Fees:

In accordance with the NDIS principles of choice and control, SILC encourages families to be actively involved, to the extent that is possible, in the operations of their child’s housing supports. SILC is a registered NDIS service provider (NSW) and we can support you to set up and run your own family-governed housing model. 

We also have other services that you can choose to purchase, based on your needs. We charge flat-rate fees for administration support rather than a percentage of NDIS funding received by Participants. In our experience, it is better to outline the services and allow families, support workers or people with disabilities to choose which of our services they wish to use.

View Schedule of Fees here

Audited Financial Statement for 9 months to 30 June 2017 (Establishment Phase):

View SILC's Audited Financial Statement

In essence, SILC's cash flows comprised:


SDF Grant                           $250,000

NDIS                                  $          0

Membership Fees                 $    9,728    

Fees for Services                  $  15,560 

Donations                           $  45,200  



Staff Expenses                    $229,763

Reimbursement from Homes ($ 77,709)                   


Other Expenses                  $  40,908



Net Operating Surplus        $132,559

Excluding SDF Grant          ($117,441)

(If income > expenses)
Reinvested into SILC for the benefit of, and to provide value for, SILC’s members
Income (2016)
Government startup grant

Professional services provided pro bono
Income (2017 onwards)
Membership fees

SIL Provider fees

Fees for services
Staff costs

Administration costs


Our people

The SILC team

Our backgrounds and vision for SILC.

Gloria Boyle

Senior Development Officer

Gloria Boyle joined SILC in September 2017 as the Coordinator of Membership Supports and is now the Senior Development Officer. Gloria has held a number of positions supporting individuals with a disability and their families. This includes working as a Residential Support Worker in group homes, as a Local Area Coordinator (LAC) helping NDIS Participants transition onto the Scheme and as a Facilitator running workshops to prepare and empower people for the NDIS.

Gloria has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and a Master’s Degree in Sociology. She has always known that she wanted to spend her life helping others.

Gloria is passionate about ensuring people with disabilities have choice and control over their lives, and ultimately have the same opportunities as everyone else. The NDIS is about being innovative and creative and SILC really captures the essence of this. Gloria believes that we’re moving away from the attitude of what is available for people with disabilities to what does each individual want for their life and what works for them? Through SILC, Gloria hopes to support people to realise this new world.   

Faen Burrows

Chief Operating Officer

Faen Burrows (pronounced Fawn) joined SILC in February 2017 as the Head of Sydney Operations. Her first exposure to the human services sector was in 2006 when she took a GAP year and worked as a personal carer and teacher’s aid for students with disability at the National Star College in London. Since this time, Faen has worked in various roles including case management and service delivery for Ageing, Disability and Home Care (NSW Government). More recently, she has been working with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) assisting with planning for the NSW NDIS transition and supporting NDIA Local Area Coordinator Partners in NSW. 

Faen holds a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Management (2011) and Masters in Health Services Management (2014) from the University of Technology, Sydney. 

She is especially passionate about the NDIS and is driven to ensure the Scheme is equitable for everyone and above all, sustainable. Through SILC, Faen hopes to break through barriers previously faced by people with disability and their families and aims to support them to find housing they are happy with and that meets their needs.

Luci Rix

Project Officer

Luci Rix joined SILC in February 2018 as the Support Officer. Previous to this, Luci worked as a Support Officer to coordinate various arts programs and events within the NSW Department of Education for 3 years. In February 2019 her role changed to Project Officer.

Luci completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Social Policy at the University of Sydney in 2018. She is especially passionate about being involved in promoting equity and opportunities for people with disability and their families.

Through SILC, Luci hopes to learn more about the NDIS and assist in supporting families and individuals to find housing that meets their needs and help improve their overall wellbeing in day to day life.


Roshan Dangol


Roshan Dangol joined SILC in February 2017 as the Accountant. Before working withSILC, Roshan worked as a support worker at TKALC, one of the SILC houses and currently he works 2 days a week with TKALC to support families with their financial accounts.


Roshan holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Holmes Institute and InformationSystem from Victoria University, Sydney. He enjoys the challenge of identifying and solving problems.


Roshan has a passion to support people with disability and to increase his professional credentials. He possesses a caring and calm personality and through SILC he hopes to support families in setting up and running their house smoothly with his accounting and InformationSystem knowledge. With his willingness to learn attitude, Roshan is always ready to explore new ideas and listen to the need of business and people.


SILC is a co-operative and governed by a board.

Leanne Maccallum


Leanne has a 22 year old daughter who has severe autism and is a resident of CESIL House. She has been a Director on the Giant Steps Board since 2001 and is the co-ordinator of the annual Giant Steps Ball, a major fund-raising event.

Leanne works as a Licensed Conveyancer for Maccallum Lawyers.  She has extensive experience with property and mortgage transactions.  Leanne is also a Justice of the Peace.

Kate Hurley

Director & Treasurer

Kate has a 17 year old son who has severe austism and will be a resider of Emet House. Kate is the treasurer of three not-for-profit organisations aimed at improving the lives of people with disabilities.

Kate started her career at Westpac working as an institutional derivatives dealer before going on to become a financial markets training manager. She then became a director of Partners in Finance, a firm delivering services in the financial products and risk management sector.

In 2002, Kate ceased work to concentrate full-time on her son William who was diagnosed with severe autism, navigating her family through the early intervention years.

In 2008 she commenced work again as an accountant at Hurley & Co.


  • Bachelor of Business (UTS) double major in finance and accounting (1993).
  • CPA (Certified practising accountant).

Steve Anthony

Pro Bono CEO

Steve is the father of Patrick, a 29 year old man with autism. Patrick was one of the original 12 students at Giant Steps school when it opened in 1995. Steve was one of the parents who set up the school, which helps educate children and families experiencing autism, to alleviate associated stress.

Steve also helped establish PaRA Co-operative, a family-governed model for Patrick and his two housemates in Chatswood, Sydney from which SILC evolved. You can watch a clip about PaRA here.

Upon seeing the success of the PaRA model, Steve was instrumental in establishing SILC. His aim for SILC is simple – to share what he’s learned so other people with disabilities can live in a home of their choosing, in their communities surrounded by friends and family. He is energetic, approachable and brings simplicity to the most complex of problems.

Steve is an executive coach with a background in teaching and banking.

Kim Knoblauch


Kim has a wealth of academic experience including;

· Bachelor of Business Health Administration (University of Technology. QLD),

· Graduate Diploma Applied Science Nursing Education, and

· Registered Nurse (Psychiatry & Emergency Med. Major).

Kim is also a registered Midwife and has worked in acute private and public hospitals, Justice Health Community and Aged Care sectors since 1980 including CEO of a number of private hospitals for 12 years 1991 - 2002 in QLD and Sydney’s North Shore. 

From 2002 - 2010 Kim held the position of Group Risk/Clinical Risk Manager of Ramsay Health Care Australia and Indonesia and later from 2010 - 2014 as the National Clinical Risk Manager Calvary Healthcare Australia. From 2015-2017 Kim was the Operations Manager at James Milson Village, North Sydney. Kim currently works for Opal Aged Care NSW as the Commissioning Manager at Opal Bankstown. Kim's 18 year old son Joel is a resident of TKALC.

Fred Carollo


Fred is the father of 4 children, the youngest Julian, a 17 year old boy with autism. Julian currently attends Giant Steps school in Sydney and is a resident of My House Oatlands (MHO).

Fred was instrumental in developing and establishing MHO of which he is the Public Officer. MHO was established in 2013 a family-governed model that has created a’ home away from home’ for Julian and two other teenage autistic boys in Oatlands, Sydney. SILC became MHO's SIL Provider in 2018.

Fred has worked in the building industry for over 38 years and established his own successful construction company as a builder and property developer.

His knowledge in these two areas makes Fred a valuable member of SILC. Fred is passionate to help other families create a ‘home away from home’ just like MHO that has been life changing for Julian and his family.


SILC has formed relationships with key partners across a diverse range of sectors.

Our partners comprise of parents of people with a disability, co-operatives, legal and accounting - helping SILC to reach out into our communities and provide expertise to create great homes for people with disabilities under the NDIS.

Need more info?

Try our FAQ and Membership pages, or you can get in touch with us through our contact form.

Our purpose is to create great homes and life experiences for people with disability.

Our focus at the moment is Sydney (NSW). If you live outside this area, fill out the General Inquiry form opposite and we'll get in touch with you.

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