Upgrading an Existing House to Specialist Disability Accommodation

Photo of house at framing stage

NDIA Advice What can be included within the Minimum Spend 8 March 2024  We have received the following advice from the NDIA All costs usually associated with a dwelling refurbishment (modification) form the basis of the minimum refurbishment cost requirements as outlined in the SDA Pricing arrangements, previously the SDA Price Guide. The costs are inclusive of planning and development application/approval costs, engineering design certification, construction costs, as well as dwelling design and certification. This includes consultancy costs such as architectural design, engineering design, accessibility design and certifications. The costs include kitchen and/or laundry appliances that would usually be installed....

Why Robust SDA is Failing Participants, Carers and Investors

Why Robust SDA is Failing Participants, Carers and Investors

Most ‘Robust SDA’ properties being delivered to the market are falling short of meeting the requirements of participants, care providers, and investors. This is because there is minimal understanding of the requirements of participants, and little thought has been given to the design of the dwelling. Instead, we are seeing standard home designs being adapted to the requirements of the SDA design standards and delivering a poor result. Another issue developers and investors face is that the SDA Design Standard includes few prescriptive requirements and guidance for developing Robust SDA.   What is a restrictive practice? The NDIS Act 2013....

You cannot certify Hybrid SDA with Robust and High Physical Support or Fully Accessible for the same dwelling

Hybrid Design for SDA

What is a Hybrid SDA? A Hybrid SDA house design can be used for all of the four categories, including Robust (RO), Improved Liveability (IL), Fully Accessible (FA) and High Physical Support (HPS). These are then marketed to the gullible or those who have not undertaken sufficient due diligence, leading to sales to the developer. Along with the sale, false promises are usually made about participant demand and expected returns on many occasions. Since the inception of SDA, I have read articles and listened to podcasts where I keep hearing about the concept of ‘Hybrid Design’ for SDA, which includes....

Introducing the Turtle Tough TV enclosure—the perfect protection for your TV in Robust Specialist Disability Accommodation

Turtle Tough robust television enclosure for Robust Specialist Disability Accommodation

When it comes to safety and style, you can’t beat our Turtle Tough TV enclosure. It’s durable, has a modern design and reduces the risk of injury for high-risk areas, including Robust Specialist Disability Accommodation.   What is the Tough Turtle TV enclosure? Made from 3mm steel with an unbreakable 12mm polycarbonate screen, the Tough Turtle TV enclosure is built to last. It’s the perfect way to protect your TV, suitable for indoor and outdoor spaces. With built-in ventilation, gas struts for easy lifting, handy mounting brackets, anti-tamper screws and, all corners and edges are rounded so you can rest....

How much money will I earn investing in Desirable SDA Specialist Disability Accommodation?

Specialist Disability Accommodation Investment Returns

What Financial Returns Should I Expect with SDA One of the most asked questions from people wanting to invest in SDA or Specialist Disability Accommodation is, 'How much money will I make? I have heard it is a lot". This is followed by, "I heard the payments are Government guaranteed," and then "Where should I build an SDA?" All three questions miss the point of providing SDA that is Desirable™️ to participants.   Where Should I Build SDA This is one question we will not answer. It is not a case of building SDA; participants will queue up to move....

Why the SIL, STA, MTA or SDA Accommodation you’re Providing may be Operating Illegally

House fire with fire engine in the foreground

Have you confirmed before trading within your SIL, STA, SDA or MTA house that it has the correct building classification? Is it a Class 1a, Class 1b, Class 2 or Class 3? All approved dwellings will have an occupancy permit (OP), which will state the approved use of that dwelling in the form of a classification. If the building classification is Class 1a, It may not be fit for purpose. We have often been asked to manage SIL, STA or MTA properties with an OP for Class 1a, which we decline. It is not a simple case of renting a....

Understanding an organisations Liability and Risk providing Fire Safe SDA

Seminars for SDA Organisations and Individuals In this seminar, you will gain an understanding of the complexities in providing fire-safe Specialist Disability Accommodation. It will discuss an organisation's liabilities and offer solutions to improve survivability in an emergency. The session will be delivered by Bruce Bromley, a specialist that consults on delivering Specialist Disability Accommodation; he is a co-author of the SDA Design Standards and is an expert in emergency evacuation planning for people with disability.   Organisations, please get in touch with us. Contact SDA Consulting Cost Groups: $1,800 +GST + travel & expenses (if applicable). Unlimited attendees. Individuals:....

Updated 15/12/2022 Critical Update for SDA Apartments OOA

Critical Update for Apartments OOA

They say a week is a long time in politics, well with SDA the same sentiments apply. Following on from our post of last week based on an update received for SDA Assessors, we have received further advice as follows.   PART 2: Critical Update for Apartments OOA The NDIA has received feedback on the recent email to SDA Assessors on the correction to the Assessor Update #4 issued 11 November 2022 relating to the use of a studio style apartment as OOA. The NDIA, as noted previously, made a base assumption that as the costing for an OOA apartment....

Town Planning Concession for SDA Developments Victoria

SDA Town Planning Changes Victoria

Update 7 June 2023 Councils are accepting our statements that compliance can be achieved as detailed in the update 29 November 2022 below. Town Planning Exemption Additionally, some of our clients who are not registered providers have had projects approved without needing town planning approvals by nominating SDA Consulting as the SDA Provider and stating we are under a head lease.   Update 29 November 2022 We have issued to-date statements advising that the designs can achieve compliance at the provisional certification stage for three town planning applications. We await confirmation these will be accepted by councils in the interim.....

Can you have multiple categories of SDA on different stories within the same house or villa without a passenger lift?

Photo of a woman in a wheelchair entering a lift

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) was implemented by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to assist with housing for people with a disability. SDA is split into four design categories that cater to participants under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and includes Improved Liveability (IL), Robust (RO), Fully Accessible (FA) and High Physical Support (HPS). As SDA Accredited Assessors, we come across many floorplans daily with multiple design categories of SDA in one dwelling. Such as, a bedroom or two for a Fully Accessible/ High Physical Support or a Robust category is proposed on the Ground Floor with an Improved....

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