Introduction to SDA

 
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a market-based system that has been created under the NDIS to provide housing for people with very high support needs. SDA payments are made by the NDIS to SDA property owners for the cost of housing a person with SDA funding allocated in their NDIS plan.

SDA is a whole new world for many people. If you’re thinking about building SDA, these resources may help:


Introduction to Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is an integral component of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). SDA is targeted to provide purpose built housing for NDIS participants with very high and complex support needs to enable them to lead an ordinary life. This introduction to SDA booklet touches on the key themes of a SDA project. It is not an exhaustive start to finish guide on every aspect of SDA projects.

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Specialist Disability Accommodation: Market Insights
Where is Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) required? What needs and preferences do people have when it comes to SDA? What new SDA is being built? Knowing these things allows investors, SDA developers and housing providers to plan with confidence. This report is the result of a collaboration between SGS Economics, the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and the Summer Foundation.

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Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Payments
Written for NDIS participants, this guide explains what SDA payments are, who they are paid to and how they are accessed. It also explains the different types of SDA. For people who have SDA payments included in their NDIS Plan, the guide explains how to make the most of this funding.

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NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation – Pathway to a Mature Market
This joint report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Summer Foundation details what a mature Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) market will look like and shares lessons learnt from the growth of other markets.

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Establishing Effective SDA Projects
This research report details the practical elements involved in creating housing projects that are suitable for people with complex needs and eligible for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) payments. The report provides an overview and checklist for six stages of delivering SDA projects. This is one of two reports that share the Summer Foundation’s learnings from the Foundation’s Hunter Housing & Support Demonstration project.

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Building SDA for yourself or a family member

The Pathway to SDA
If a person can’t live in mainstream housing because of their extreme functional impairment or very high support needs, the NDIS may pay for the cost of their housing through SDA payments. But the pathway for someone to work out if they’re eligible for SDA payments includes many stages and criteria, so the Summer Foundation have created this roadmap to help.

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My Housing Preferences
If you are considering building SDA for yourself or a family member, it’s important to be clear about what your needs are. This tool helps people think about where they want to live, who they would like to live with and the type of housing that they would like to live in. People can use this tool to work out your housing goals. If their NDIS Plan includes funding to explore housing options, the information the write in this tool will help.

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Housing Plan Tool
This tool is to help Support Coordinators detail the need for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) of an NDIS participant who wants to move into SDA – either from a group home to another type of SDA property, or a participant who wishes to live in SDA for the first time.

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10 Steps to Excellent NDIS Therapy Reports
This guide from VALiD outlines 10 steps to producing allied health reports for National Disability Insurance Scheme participant plans. The guide will also be useful for NDIS participants, support coordinators and local area coordinators to help them know what to look for in their allied health reports.

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Allied Health Housing Assessments Guide
Allied health assessments are required as evidence of an NDIS participant’s need for housing modifications or Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). This guide for allied health professionals details what information is required by the
NDIA and provides advice as to how to present the assessment data.

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Introduction to SDA > Building and Managing SDA > SDA Finance > Connecting and Tenanting > Delivering Support