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

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

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

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....

Upgrading an Existing House to Specialist Disability Accommodation

Refurbishing House for Specialist Disability Accommodation

Each week we receive a number of calls from people looking to convert an existing 1a house into Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). Whilst this is possible it generally is not a cost-effective exercise.   The Pricing Arrangements for Specialist Disability Accommodation 2021-22 states for New Build is as follows: A dwelling is a New Build if it meets all of the following five conditions: 1). either: a) it was issued its first certificate of occupancy (or equivalent) on or after 1 April 2016; or b) it has been renovated or refurbished and issued with a certificate of occupancy (or equivalent)....

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....

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