About SDA


NDIS SDA Design Standard

SDA Design Standards 2019

The Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Design Standard that Bruce Bromley was a co-author of provides:

  • clarity to SDA housing design requirements to be enrolled, and
  • gives providers the flexibility to respond to participant needs and preferences.

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NDIS SDA Price Guide

Funding information including the Pricing Arrangements for Specialist Disability Accommodation which is s a summary of NDIS prices that will apply for SDA. It is designed to assist providers to understand the prices for SDA under the NDIS.

Download the Pricing Arrangements for Specialist Disability Accommodation


Steps for Developing Specialist Disability Accommodation

How do I develop Specialist Disability Accommodation is one of the most common questions we receive on a daily basis. Unfortunately, there is minimal online information available that steps you through the whole process.

We hope our document ‘Steps for Developing Specialist Disability Accommodation” can assist you with successful project delivery.


Steps for Developing SDA Specialist Disability Accommodation

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What is a SIL Provider?

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is help with and/or supervision of daily tasks to develop the skills of an individual to live as independently as possible. These are the supports provided to a participant in their home, regardless of property ownership, and can be in a shared or individual arrangement.

Assistance provided to a participant will be included as part of their plan depending on the level of support they require to live independently in the housing option of their choice.

Providers working with participants who require SIL supports in their plans can use the Provider SIL Pack to assist them in developing the necessary quote and supporting documentation.

The Provider SIL Pack contains a calculation tool and submission templates that help providers to detail and cost supports to help people build their capacity to live more independently.

All providers will be required to use the new SIL pack and quoting tool when submitting quotes for these services. The previous version of the template will be accepted up until 18 December 2018 as part of a transitional period.


SDA Explained

On March 14, 2017, the Specialist Disability Accommodation Rules 2016 (SDA Rules) came into effect. The framework for delivery to eligible participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been established using the SDA Rules, the NDIS Act 2013 and NDIS Rules under the Act.

The SDA Rules set out the criteria for NDIS participants to have SDA funding included in their plan, including the type of dwelling that SDA funding can be used on and the way payments will be paid to registered providers of SDA.

The amount paid on SDA is dependent on the type of dwelling, and this is specified by the Building Type that is enrolled by the registered provider. If there are any changes to the dwelling type, the registered provider must advise the NDIA within 5 working days. In addition, if the dwelling does not meet all the requirements of the Building Type it is enrolled under, SDA payments will not be paid, so it’s essential that both the enrolment and the claim are correct.

The SDA Rules provide descriptions of five applicable Building Types, and the Price Guide contains further details on accommodation types and pricing. The number of residents impacts on the SDA price and for the purpose of claims the number of residents in a dwelling includes both participants (whether they have SDA included in their plans or not) plus any other residents who are being accommodated at the dwelling.

The number of bedrooms also affects the price, and it’s important to note that an On-site Overnight Assistance room is not classified as a bedroom under the rule.

The Building Types that have separate SDA prices are as follows:

  • Apartment, 1 bedroom, 1 resident
  • Apartment, 2 bedrooms, 1 resident
  • Apartment, 2 bedrooms, 2 residents
  • Apartment, 3 bedrooms, 2 residents
  • Villa/ duplex/ townhouse, 1 resident
  • Villa/ duplex/ townhouse, 2 residents
  • Villa/ duplex/ townhouse, 3 residents
  • House, 2 residents
  • House, 3 residents
  • Group home, 4 residents
  • Group home, 5 residents
  • Legacy stock, 6+ residents (the SDA price for legacy stock depends on the number of residents).


Download the Designing for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Fact Sheet

Designing for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Fact Sheet
Designing for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Fact Sheet