Hosting with the Disability Homestay Network

Hosting with the Disability Homestay Network

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A Home Away From Home for People With Disability

The Disability Homestay Network (DHN) provides welcoming hosted accommodation and support for NDIS participants.

We offer short-term homestays (generally 2-3 days, up to 14 days at a time) and day support programs with caring local host families who are committed to seeing people with disability thrive.

The DHN program is managed by the Australian Homestay Network (AHN) in conjunction with our NDIS-specialist partner Breakaway Retreats.

Why You Should Become a Host

The DHN program was established to positively impact the lives of Australians with disability, their families, hosts and the community

Enjoy the flexibility to provide
overnight homestays or participate in our day support program to fit in with your schedule  

AHN will use its unique matching system to connect guests with the host family that’s the best fit for them and for your household

Build new relationships, learn from people with lived experience of disability, and make a valuable contribution to the community

The program includes insurance plus disability support training so hosts can confidently provide a safe, enriching environment

We are with you every step of the way, with specialised 24/7 support available to hosts as well as guests and their families

Build New Relationships and Make a Difference


We connect children and adults with disability with host families to build independence, try new experiences, and enjoy a change of scenery from their usual routine.

We offer two programs in association with our partners at Breakaway Retreats:

Breakaway Connect: Homestay where guests spend 2 nights or more with you in your home.

Breakaway for a Day: Guests come to your home to spend the day with you and get out and about in the community, usually for up to 10 hours per day. There is no overnight stay.  

Each experience is unique and depending on the circumstances and needs hosts may become a buddy, a mentor, or a second family. Whichever role you take on, you will be rewarded for making a real difference to your life and the lives of those you welcome into your home and your heart.

Hosts receive an agreed payment for participating in the Disability Homestay Network program.


* Hosts range in age, have different backgrounds and lifestyles, and come from all kinds of households including families, couples, individuals and housemates.

* You don’t have to have experience in supporting people with disability but you do need to be caring, positive, open-minded and willing to complete training to help you provide a great experience for your guests.

* Different levels of assistance will be required, so being flexible and mindful of each person’s needs is a must.

* A good host will provide a comfortable home setting where people with disability are welcome. You will include your guest in your day-to-day activities, provide opportunities for them to increase their life skills, and help them develop meaningful relationships.

* Participating in the program is a journey of giving and receiving. Everyone has something unique to contribute and learn from each other.

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  • Hosts must be over 25 years of age
  • Hosts must successfully complete DHN training
  • Drivers licence and car
  • NDIS Worker Screening (new hosts) OR a National Police Check and Working With Children Check (WWCC) / Working With Vulnerable People (WWVP) Check (existing AHN hosts) – Visit the Host Clearances page for more information
  • First Aid and CPR Certificate (if you wish to host guests with High Support needs)
  • Our approval process includes an interview and home assessment to ensure host applicants are a good fit for the program.


All hosts are paid for being part of the DHN experience. Please visit the Host Payments page for more information.

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