What is Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)?
Some NDIS participants with very high needs require special housing that enables them to receive access to the supports they need. This is called Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).
If you are assessed by the NDIA as needing SDA as part of your support requirements, they will provide you with funding to cover the costs of the SDA. It’s different to other types of NDIS funding, as its only purpose is to fund “capital” (this is the bricks and mortar). The NDIS funds providers who build homes, apartments, units and other dwellings that are specially designed to improve the efficiency and cost of delivering lifetime, person-to-person care.
The right SDA property should be a place to call home, not just a building where you live.
SDA funding should give you choice and control over your housing options. It works in tandem with many other supports including core-funded in-home support, SIL (Supported Independent Living) and home installations (like assistive technology).
Funding is only provided for participants with what the NDIS calls “extreme functional impairment” and/or very high support needs. Those applying need to undergo a strict eligibility assessment to receive funding.
If you’re eligible, the amount of SDA funding in your NDIS plan will depend on the type of building you require, how many people you’ll live with, where the property is located and features it has.
SDA funding is given to cover the cost of the housing and the land that it’s on, as well as ongoing costs like maintenance. You’ll be expected to make a reasonable contribution to rent as well. SDA funding does not cover the support services you’ll receive while you’re living there – this is funded separately by the NDIS.
Read more about what NDIS has to say about SDA.
No SDA funding but need a place to live?
If you’re in Queensland and have Supported Independent Living (SIL) funding but no Specialised Disability Accommodation (SDA) funding in your NDIS package, we might be able to create a personalised home for you. Tell us where you’re looking by filling in this form.
What makes Thrive365's Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) special?
If you’re looking for a SIL provider for your SDA property and think you might be a good match for us, get in touch.
SDA and you
We match our properties to participants’ needs, in a preferred location. If you’re looking for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and would like to express your interest, you can do that here.