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5/06/2020
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NDS submission: Review of Skills for Victoria's Growing Economy

NDS calls for greater coordination of workforce training initiatives, improved training quality and more support for people with disabilities to gain employment.
News update
28/04/2020
News update

Implementing the Victorian Care Facilities Directions (No 2) in disability residential settings – Your questions answered

The top 5 questions from the NDS Helpdesk regarding the implementation of the Victorian Care Facilities Directions (No 2)
News update
20/04/2020
News update

Disability Act gazettal continues for Victorian residential services


Unless requirements of the Residential Tenancies Act 1996 can be upheld, re-gazetted Victorian group homes will continue to operate under the Disability Act 2006.

Draft prices for Specialist Disability Accommodation released

Lady in disability housing

1/04/2016

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  • Find out more about the NDIA's Specialist Disability Accommodation Position Paper on Draft Pricing and Payments
  • Read about how prices in the report are structured
  • Find out NDS's role in the development of this SDA pricing and payments framework
  • Have your say on the proposed pricing framework

A complex report on the application of NDIS benchmark pricing and payments for specialist disability accommodation (SDA) has been released for comment. It contains draft prices – for the funding of the land and built elements of existing and new SDA – and outlines processes for the registration of providers and dwellings. The prices are structured around building types (apartment; villa, duplex and townhouse; house; and group home); a range of design standards (standard; improved liveability; fully accessible; robust construction; high support needs; and innovation); and the number of bedrooms.

NDS has supported the development of this SDA pricing and payments framework. Over decades, many not-for-profit providers have self-funded the development of SDA properties. Under this framework, it is proposed that they will receive payments for those investments [this will require the development of rule(s) under the NDIS Act that give authorisation to the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to apply SDA criteria to reasonable and necessary decisions for SDA supports].

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