Specialist Disability Accommodation 

For people in the community with very high needs, securing suitable housing can be a challenge – but now, Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) aims to change this. SDA is available to participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) who are assessed as needing a special housing solution. It provides financial support to help people with high need disability to rent, buy or build a home that includes the support features they need.

SDA funding is designed to give NDIS participants choice and control of where they live, how they live and with whom they live. Funding of other disability supports for an individual is separate to SDA funding for their specialist housing needs. The SDA model of funding creates a user-driven market where individuals can make decisions about the type of housing they will access with their SDA payment. The SDA funding and market supply model is expected to deliver better and more person-centred housing outcomes for people with very high and complex disability support needs.

The Australian Commonwealth Government provides funding for SDA participants who meet specific eligibility criteria, as part of its National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The annual NDIS budget for SDA is estimated to be $700 million, with approximately 15,000 participants utilising SDA. Like other parts of the NDIS, SDA employs a market-based approach by allocating funding to eligible participants. A participant can use that confirmed funding to then source the support that appeals to them from the market. For SDA, this means the NDIS provides funding through a participant’s plan and the participant then finds and applies for the SDA option that best suits their needs. SDA payments range from $4,000 per annum for ‘Basic’ category to $110,000 p.a. for High Physical Support apartments with on-site overnight assistance (OOA).

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Design Standards 

Please see below some  guides to assist 

Design Standard 

The specialist disability accommodation (SDA) design standard  outlines the detailed design requirements for newly built SDA seeking enrolment under the NDIS.

This standard has 4 categories of SDA design, as set out in the SDA Rules (2020):

improved liveability
robust
fully accessible
high physical support.

The SDA design standard came into effect on 1 July 2021.

All dwelling enrolment applications must include an SDA design standard certification from a SDA assessor. The SDA design standard does not apply to dwellings seeking enrolment as existing or legacy SDA.

SDA assessors

The SDA design standard requires a SDA assessor to be engaged by the SDA developer or owner at the design stage.

A SDA assessor is the only person who can issue a certificate of SDA category compliance, to confirm that the design and or final-as-built dwelling has met all the requirements of the SDA design standard.

This process is intended to provide certainty to the SDA market about future enrolment and allow the preparation for dwelling enrolment to be undertaken by the NDIS prior to completion of the final as built assessment.

What does SDA cover?

Specialist Disability Accommodation funding can be used for purchases directly relating to a dwelling designed for NDIS participants with high support needs. This includes designs and features in new builds and existing homes that make it possible for people needing a high level of support to live independently. Because many of the in-house services required can be complex and costly, SDA funding enables more dwellings to be built specifically to cater to people with disability. SDA funding cannot be used for services that are not directly associated with specialised housing as these are assessed and funded by the NDIS separately.

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The Assistive Technology, Home Modifications and Consumables Code Guide

Assistive technologies (AT) are physical supports that help participants:

do something more easily or safely 
do something they otherwise cannot do because of their disability. 
All NDIS supports must meet the reasonable and necessary criteria.

People use equipment, technology and devices every day to make their lives easier. When we talk about assistive technology, we mean equipment, technology and devices that help you do things you can’t do because of your disability. Or, things that help you do something more easily or safely. Assistive technology involves things designed to improve your daily life and help you do everyday things.

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