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Basic

Only applies to existing supported accommodation not new builds or house conversions.

Accommodation that falls under the Basic SDA design category does not include specialised design features inside the home. It does however, incorporate other important SDA characteristics within the accommodation which makes it suitable for people with special needs. Basic SDA housing pays attention to features like privacy, location and shared supports to cater for the needs of people with disability and assists in the delivery of support services.

Requirements

The Basic Design category can only be included in a plan in the following circumstances:

  • Where the participant is residing in an SDA dwelling and wishes to continue living there
  • As an alternative, temporary option to a more permanent SDA housing solution.

Basic Design SDA applies to Existing Stock or Legacy Stock only.

To be classified as Existing Stock, a dwelling must:

  • Not have a certificate of occupancy issued on or after 1 April 2016
  • Be enrolled to house five or fewer long-term residents (this excludes support staff)
  • Have been primarily used as accommodation for people with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs (between 1/7/13 and 1/12/16)
  • Be specifically intended for use as disability accommodation (not an aged care, health care or other facility)
  • Have housed at least one resident who received disability-related supported accommodation payments from State, Territory or Commonwealth Governments (between 1/7/13 and 1/12/16)
  • Ensure all shared areas and the majority of private rooms comply with the Minimum Requirements for any of the SDA Design Categories.

Alternatively, a dwelling can also be Existing Stock if all shared areas and most private rooms comply with the Minimum Requirements for SDA Design Categories, it doesn’t have a certificate of occupancy for a New Build and it is either:

  • Enrolled to house five or fewer long-term residents (excluding support staff)
  • Home to a participant who provides SDA to themselves as a registered provider and resides there with a spouse or de facto partner and children.

To be classified as Legacy Stock, the dwelling must:

  • Not have a certificate of occupancy for a New Build
  • Be enrolled to house five or more long-term residents (excluding support staff)
  • Have been primarily used as accommodation for people with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs (between 1/7/13 and 1/12/16)
  • Be specifically intended for use as disability accommodation (not an aged care, health care or other facility)
  • Have housed at least one resident who received disability-related supported accommodation payments from State, Territory or Commonwealth Governments (between 1/7/13 and 1/12/16)
  • Ensure all shared areas and most private rooms comply or substantially comply with the Minimum Requirements for any of the SDA Design Categories.

For compliance, all SDA dwellings must be designed and maintained to a standard that is consistent with the surrounding properties and neighbourhood, must recognise the importance of outdoor areas and must be built on land that is an adequate size for the number of residents.