Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a type of NDIS funding that is not like any other NDIS support.
SDA is funding that contributes directly to the cost of housing. This is sometimes called a “bricks and mortar” payment. The NDIS does not fund the ongoing cost of living in any other area of its pricing framework.
SDA is only available to eligible participants. To become eligible for SDA, Participants need to have their eligibility tested by submitting a Home and Living Request for Supports Form and supplementary evidence to the NDIA. Only 6% or 28,000 NDIS Participants will be eligible for Specialist Disability Accommodation funding. Those 6% representing the NDIS Participants with the highest support needs in the scheme.
The NDIS is clear in its message that affordable housing is the responsibility of state governments, however, SDA eligible Participants will only ever pay 25% of the Disability Support Pension in rent, plus 100% of their Commonwealth Rent Assistance.
Our Home and Living Consultant, Court Walters partnered with The Housing Hub to make a video on the steps to getting SDA funded in your NDIS plan. You can check out the video here.
The Summer Foundation website has great resources on their website on NDIS Home and Living supports. Check it out here.
If you prefer to use PowerPoint to understand how the SDA Eligibility process works, please see the link below: