Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)
What is SDA?
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is the 'bricks and mortar' capital component of disability accommodation supports funded by the NDIS.
New build SDA is designed and built for the purpose of meeting the support requirements of people with complex disability. Not all people with disability will require an SDA housing response to meet their accommodation needs. When a person is eligible for SDA, the NDIA will include funding in their NDIS plan. Some people will receive SDA in their plan for a period of time, in accordance with intergovernmental transitional agreements.
What is an SDA provider?
All SDA providers must be registered with the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, except for providers operating in WA, who must register with the NDIA until 1 July 2020, when this registration transitions to the NDIS Commission.
An SDA provider may or may not own the dwelling and may or may not include:
- Private landlords
- Family members of people with disability
- Organisations (not-for-profit or for-profit)
An SDA provider will receive funding from the NDIA and can also charge controlled rent directly from each resident. The NDIA payment is a contribution to the cost of capital and a contribution to the associated business activities and costs relevant to the delivery of SDA: for example, property maintenance and vacancy procedures.
Supported Independent Living (SIL)
Supported Independent Living (SIL) refers to daily personalised supports. The delivery of SDA and the delivery of SIL are spearate under the NDIS. A provider may deliver both supports to the same individual with stringent conflict of interest policies and practices in place.
SDA and SIL providers will have a close working relationship, with roles and responsibilities established through a robust collaboration agreement. There may be instances where more than one SIL provider is operating in a single SDA dwelling.
Visit the NDIS Supported Independent Living webpage for further information.