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New SDA Design Standard released

Apartment buildings against a blue sky.

29/10/2019

I need to know this because:
  • The new SDA Design Standard has been released, along with the SDA Innovation Plan and the Limited Cost Assumptions Review
  • The SDA Price Guide and Calculator have also been updated
  • These documents are designed to make it easier for eligible participants to access high quality specialist disability housing
  • NDS will undertake analysis of the SDA Design Standard and provide further advice to members shortly.

The new SDA Design Standard guidelines have been released alongside the SDA Innovation Plan and the Limited Cost Assumptions Review. The SDA Price Guide and Calculator have also been updated. 

Together these documents are designed to make it easier for eligible participants to access high quality specialist disability housing; guide architects, builders and the community in the building of specialist housing for people with disability; and provide greater certainty to support the further growth of the SDA market. 

When the SDA market reaches full coverage the NDIS is expected to assist 28,000 Australians with disability through SDA, representing 6.1 per cent of NDIS participants. It is anticipated the total annual payments for SDA is expected to be approximately $700m per year. The latest NDIS quarterly report notes that the number of SDA providers has grown to 977, an increase of 12 per cent, while the number of enrolled dwellings also grew by 9.5 per cent in the June quarter.

The Design Standard will provide clarity for housing design requirements and introduce a process for pre-certification at the SDA planning stage. The certification process will, over time, become mandatory in order for a new build dwelling to meet the criteria for enrolment as SDA.

The SDA Innovation Plan outlines how the NDIA will encourage participants and providers to develop innovative designs and the Limited Cost Assumption Review has seen increased prices in the SDA Price Guide for some location and design categories to further stimulate supply in response to participant demand.

The Limited Cost Assumption Review has resulted in an:
- increase in the location factors for the locations of Sydney (City and Inner South, Eastern Suburbs and Inner West and in Melbourne (Inner East, Outer East and South East) by between four per cent and 10.5 per cent depending on location and type of building
- increase in the construction cost assumptions for Fully Accessible and Robust dwellings by 16.0 per cent and 14.0 per cent, respectively, to stimulate supply.

NDS will undertake analysis of the SDA Design Standard guidelines and issue further advice to members shortly.

Contact information
Sarah Fordyce, Policy Manager, 03 8341 4303,