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Everything you need to know about Specialist Disability Accommodations (SDA’s) in NDIS

Updated: Oct 28, 2022

I have written this article with the aim to simplify the available information about Specialist Disability Accommodations in NDIS. About SDA’s, there is so much that is already published.


NDIA released the SDA-Operational guideline and the SDA rules 2020 are documents containing quite comprehensive information that can be a great bedtime reading for those wanting to deep dive into the current and future trends in SDA.


However, my aim today to write this article was to extract most of the details about SDA from different sources, making it simple and a one-piece reference for both participants and providers, giving an overall picture of SDA.


We hope you enjoy reading it and find the information simple and easy…


What is a Special Disability Accommodation?

Special Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a term that refers to a type of dwelling aimed at and designed to provide specialist housing solutions to people with disabilities.


It is a type of dwelling which is built and designed to suit a person with a disability’s special accommodation needs. A person with a disability may share this dwelling with other residents having disabilities or may choose to stay on their own, depending on the needs and circumstances of the participant.


Being a specialized dwelling and with strict eligibility criteria around who can receive the SDA funding in their plan, NDIA expects that only a small proportion of participants may qualify for it. These are the NDIS participants having an extreme functional impairment or very high-intensity support needs.


One may easily get confused between terms such as Supported Independent Living (SIL) and SDA as both terms relate to accommodation type of support in NDIA. Very simply, SDA does not cover any supports or services an individual may need for their daily living activities. SIL funding covers such needs of a person with a disability.

SDA funding only covers the capital (bricks and mortar) costs of a dwelling. Hence SDA funding is meant