The NDIS, Funding Levels and Eligibility - there's a lot to understand when it comes to SDA.

Having delivered SDA housing since the Federal Government introduced reforms to boost Specialist Disability Accommodation through the NDIS in 2019, we've come to understand the ins and outs of the industry.


Here's a few commonly asked questions to assist you. Our expert team are also happy to answer any questions you may have. 


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What is Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)?
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a range of housing designed for people with extreme functional impairment or very high needs. In 2019 the Australian Federal Government introduced reforms to boost SDA for eligible National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants. One of the goals of the reforms was to drive stronger private investment in SDA to make more appropriate and accessible housing available to people living with disability.
What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a national initiative that provides funding to Australians aged under 65 who have permanent and significant disability. The NDIS will work with eligible participants to develop a personalised plan that outlines the supports and services needed to meet individuals’ goals.Funded services and supports can include assistance with household tasks, personal care, community access, allied health therapies, assistive technology, accommodation (SDA) and more.
Who is eligible for SDA funding?
People who are eligible for SDA funding have a permanent and significant disability. They will have SDA funding approved in their NDIS plan and require special accommodation that enables them to receive the supports they need. They will also have NDIS funding for support services to meet care needs. Many SDA homes are designed for like-minded participants to live together with the same SIL (Supported Independent Living) Provider.
How much is SDA funding?
There are varying levels of SDA funding including High Physical Support, Fully Accessible and Improved Liveability. Funding can also vary from suburb to suburb. All SDA funding information is publicly available on the NDIS website. SDA funding includes the cost of the home or building. Participants will usually still need to pay rent and other personal costs to live in SDA. The cost of the services or support provided in SDA homes is also not included in SDA funding.
What is the current demand for SDA?
According to the NDIS, over 36,700 people are estimated to require SDA housing by 2042. In the most recent NDIS SDA Demand Projections Report (2022-2023) the SDA demand for High Physical Support if projected to represent 31% of total SDA demand by 2042.
What's included in an SDA home?
Key features of SDA homes include extra wide hallways & doorways for wheelchair access, large bedrooms allowing for circulation space, wheelchair accessible kitchen and bathrooms, smooth transitions from indoors to outdoors, a private carer's room.
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For more information ...

There's plenty of publicly available information on SDA and funding levels on the NDIS website. Our SDA Smart Homes team also have a wealth of knowledge of the sector and are happy to answer your queries. 

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