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25/01/2022
News update

National COVID-19 Update: Rapid antigen tests can now be claimed by participant

NDIS Minister Linda Reynolds has announced participants are now able to claim the cost of rapid antigen tests from their core budgets. NDS has written to the Minister and NDIA outlining the limitations...
In the media
25/01/2022
In the media

ABC Radio Perth—Response to the WA border not reopening

NDS chief executive Laurie Leigh spoke with ABC Radio in WA on Friday after Premier Mark McGowan announced the border would not reopen on 5 Feb due to low booster vaccination rates.

Factsheet: Specialist Disability Accommodation

In June, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) released the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Decision Paper to address the current challenges of specialist disability accommodation (SDA).

SDA is housing that enables people with very high needs to receive the support they need where they live. Only about 6 per cent of NDIS participants will be eligible for Specialist Disability Accommodation Funding, and residents of SDA will be required to make a Reasonable Rent Contribution to their SDA provider. For singles, this is 25 per cent of the basic rate of the Disability Support Pension (DSP) plus any Commonwealth Rent Assistance (CRA).

NDS is concerned that the housing barriers and undersupply faced by a much broader group of people with disability who are ineligible for SDA remains a challenge for policy makers. Housing stress is exacerbated for people with disability by several factors: income disparity, higher dependency on government transfers, higher expenditure of income on housing, the widening gap between income levels and house prices, and a lack of suitable housing.

More efforts are needed to solve this problem, given the imminent roll out of the NDIS and the long lead time of housing development.

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Housing Factsheet

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For more information contact Daniel Kyriacou, General Manager Communications, 02 9256 3106, submit enquiry/feedback