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....

How much money will I earn investing in 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....

Where can OOA or Onsite Overnight Assistance be located?

Female caregiver, holding patient hand, support disabled patient sit on wheelchair

An issue that regularly comes up when doing assessments of Specialist Disability Accommodation is the location of the OOA or Onsite Overnight Assistance area for Fully Accessible and High Physical Support participants.   The NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation Design Standard is silent on any provisions for OOA. In fact, neither the SDA Design Standard nor the Pricing Arrangements for Specialist Disability Accommodation provide any guidance on where OOA shall be located or what shall be provided within the space.   In December 2021, the Accredited SDA Assessor – Update 4 was issued to all Accredited SDA assessors. This update included....

Here’s Why Smoke Alarm Controllers Can Be a Valuable Addition to SDA Homes

Photo of the Red RAC Wireless Smoke Alarm Controller

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) provides a range of housing options for those with very high support needs and extreme functional impairments. SDA homes include a range of accessible features that allow participants to live more independently while accessing the support services they need.  An SDA home falls under one of four categories: Improved Liveability, Fully Accessible, High Physical Support and Robust. The accommodation can be located anywhere, but it must include design features that are customised to suit the needs of the occupant. This could be structural adjustments or internal fittings such as automated doors and height-adjustable benches for those....

What Size Block Of Land or Apartment Size Do I Need To Build SDA?

SDA Specialist Disability Accommodation Concept Design

This is one of the most common questions we get asked along with, "I have a block of land this size or an apartment, what can I build on it?" These are both open-ended questions due to the number of variables involved such as: How flat is the land? What category are you going to build? Robust and Improved Livability land size is similar, Fully Accessible and High Physical Support are identical, How many dwellings are proposed? How many occupants are being considered within each dwelling? For apartments, how big is the net floor area? Mark Krause, Senior SDA Consultant....

Newsletter

Keep up with Specialist Disability Accommodation standards using our free e-newsletter. Save yourself the headache of complaints and expensive last-minute upgrades. Sign up here!