High Physical Support

Dwellings in the High Physical Support SDA design category include features that provide enhanced physical access provisions for people with a significant physical impairment who have very high support needs.


Significant Physical Impairment

A person with significant physical impairment experiences an extreme or complete loss of the ability to perform one or more self-care or self-management functions. This can include mobility, eating, toileting or managing their behaviour. People with significant physical impairment can only perform the activity in a limited capacity, even with home modifications and assistive technology.


Very High Support Needs

People with very high support needs may be participants who have previously lived in SDA or similar accommodation for an extended time and now need additional support to transition to alternative living arrangements and services. They may also require access to constant or immediately available support services for a large part of the day.



To be classified as SDA High Physical Support housing a dwelling must be designed to the NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation Design Standard category ‘High Physical Support.’

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


High Physical Support Checklist

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SDA Assessment - High Physical Support

To ensure every home exceeds the Minimum Design Requirements and meets the intent of Specialist Disability Accommodation under the NDIS, we have developed our own assessment checklists to assist with the design process. We want to ensure all homes are designed to meet the individual needs of residents and promote an inclusive and supportive environment that enables participation and opportunity.  Follow the link to our High Physical Support Design Checklist.

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