The NDIS reforms aim to give people living with disability more choice by separating the provision of accommodation from the provision of support services. It will fund services to an estimated 460,000 people who have a significant and permanent disability. Eligible NDIS participants – typically those who require overnight support – will receive funding for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).

However, with only six per cent of NDIS participants expected to be eligible for SDA, community housing organisations need to review the way they provide services to people living with disability who will not receive SDA funding.

Whilst people with a disability living in community housing tenants are more satisfied with their accommodation (74.8 per cent) than those in public housing (66.6 per cent), they are less satisfied with the size and location of their home than other social housing tenants. Access to transport and services are important factors, particularly for those with limited mobility.

CHIA’s involvement:

CHIA and the State Peaks provided a submission to the Department of Social Services’ review of the NDIS framework, setting out three key risks in the current model: vacancy matching, financing and management (can the tenure be managed efficiently and sustainably).

Despite these risks, the community housing sector is well-placed to play a central role in developing and managing SDA.

CHIA has been working with the Summer Foundation on its Disability Housing Market Reference Group and assisted the Summer Foundation and AHURI to discover more about the availability of specialist disability accommodation through the SDA Demand Survey to our community housing organisation membership.

Our NDIS website page contains relevant information and resources to assist members to navigate the complex system.