What we do

Engaging SDA Consulting Australia (Part of the Equal Access Group) will help you navigate the market when it comes to developing Specialist Disability Accommodation. The team at SDA Consulting Australia are highly experienced disability access consultants who have extensive knowledge of building practices with a special interest in accessibility. We understand how the NDIA/ NDIS and SDA work, and we’ll take you through the assessment and funding process and help you understand your options and choose the right SDA for your needs.

Our consulting services can be delivered nationwide to both metropolitan and regional areas.


Our Key Services


Development of new Specialist Disability Accommodation

SDA Consulting Australia can assist a wide variety of people, including Parents, not-for-profit organisations, designers, and developers looking to upgrade or develop new homes as Specialist Disability Accommodation.

We offer a range of services, including consulting within the project design team as follows:

  • Assist designers with feasibility studies
  • Schematic design reviews
  • Design development reviews
  • Construction documentation reviews
  • Final as-built reviews and registration
  • PEER reviews of completed SDA accreditations


Compliance Audits of existing Specialist Disability Accommodation

AccessCheck assessment for SDA Specilaist Disability AccommodationSDA Consulting Australia can undertake full compliance audits of individual SDAs or full property portfolios.

These assessments can be customised to suit a client’s specific requirements. Typically, we assess existing rooming houses and provide clear guidance on the level of compliance achieved to the nearest SDA category. Our audits also detail any additional works required to achieve the nominated category.

We can also assess building against multiple categories and provide a scope of works required to achieve the nominated category with our proprietary software AccessCheck.


Upgrades of existing Specialist Disability Accommodation

SDA upgrades are undertaken for many reasons, and these include

  • Where the current building requires certification to receive NDIS funding.
  • Due diligence inspections to check compliance
  • Where non-compliances were identified to the minimum LCA/ SDA requirements
  • Where a change in category is desired, i.e. changing from ‘Fully Accessible’ to ‘High Physical Support’.


Peer reviews and assistance for Specialist Disability Accommodation Investors

Whilst SDA Consulting does not provide financial advice or recommendations for the location and types of SDA being developed, we can undertake full PEER reviews of designs and accreditations on behalf of Property Investors

Our services include detailed certification reviews, site planning, location assessments and our internally developed suitability assessment that gauges the SDA’s appeal and suitability for participants.

The benefit of a peer review is to ensure compliance, mitigate risk, improve quality and consider possible improvements.

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