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What is SDA?

Specialist Disability Accommodation is NDIS funded housing (not support) for eligible NDIS participants with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs – typically those who require overnight support.

SDA will be funded by the NDIS through payments to an approved SDA provider, commercially and recurrently, when the participant has SDA in their NDIS Plan.

It is adjusted for building type, location and accessibility level.


Who is eligible?

6% of NDIS participants will be eligible for SDA.

Who can provide it?

SDA funding can be used for new stock and existing stock (some of which may be of poor standard) and to private developers and investors as well as Government, not-for-profit providers and people with disability and their families.

How do NDIS participants secure SDA?

Potential new SDA recipients must undertake a formal planning process (Investigating Housing Options [IHS]) to determine their SDA eligibility and funding levels.

What happens with support?

NDIS policies require housing and support to be delivered by different providers (though with allowance for single organisations to provide both in the transition period).

What is Supported Independent Living?

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is assistance with, or supervision of, tasks of daily life to develop the skills of individuals to live as autonomously as possible.

Note: SIL may also be provided on some occasions to people not living in SDA.

The new SIL pack and quoting tools must be used by providers when quoting for first plans and plan reviews.


NDIS – Specialist Disability Accommodation –  the key SDA overview page within NDIS website

DSS NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation Pricing and Payments Framework Review Issues Paper (June 2018) – outlines the review approach taken by the DSS that is being undertaken by KPMG

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (Specialist Disability Accommodation) Rules 2016 (SDA Rules) (March 2017) – define key elements of SDA

NDIS (Provider Registration and Practice Standards) Rule 2018 – Schedule 7—Module 5: Specialist disability accommodation – set out key requirements of SDA

SDA Operational Guidelines – provides guidance in relation to the preparation and review of a participant’s plan when Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is under consideration.

SDA Dwelling Enrolment Form – provides details of SDA enrolment.

Specialist Disability Accommodation Provider and Investor Brief (April 2018) – includes references to price ceilings and limitations on one person dwellings

Review of Rights in Specialist Disability Accommodation (2018) which is being undertaken to establish a long -term rights frameworks for SDA