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Key issues facing SDA Framework

Whilst backing the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), CHIA and the State Peaks have identified a series of crucial issues facing the NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Framework, which aims to deliver the preferred housing for people living with a disability.

The community housing peaks outlined their concerns in a submission to the Department of Social Services (DSS) commissioned review of the framework, setting out three key concerns: vacancy, financing and management risks.

The NDIS will fund services to an estimated 460,000 people who have a permanent disability that significantly affects their communication, mobility, self-care or self-management. Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is the NDIS funding for allocated housing (not support) to eligible NDIS participants with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs – typically those who require overnight support.

SDA will be available to about six per cent of NDIS participants.

The Joint Peaks submission also outlined members’ capacity and potential to play a central role in developing and managing SDA to meet the intent of the NDIS.

Click here to download the submission.

CHIA is assisting the Summer Foundation and AHURI to discover more about the availability of specialist disability accommodation through a survey of Community Housing Providers. The survey will help investors and lenders better understand demand and inform housing providers about what to build and where.

SDA providers have until October 5 to complete the national study into the demand for  National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) housing.

There are two focus areas to the survey:

Section 1 – a mandatory survey, which seeks to obtain information about the current SDA dwellings.

Section 2  – an optional survey seeking information about the total number, location (NDIS region), size and type (NDIS design category) of committed new dwelling builds for SDA enrolment. New dwelling builds refer to dwellings that are under construction or soon to be under construction and intended for SDA enrolment.

Organisations that participate in the survey will receive a copy of the SDA Housing Demand final report.

Organisations that complete the optional section of the demand study survey also will receive a copy of the demand study early findings ahead of final report publication.

Summer Foundation will use the results to commission a report to inform investors, lenders and housing providers about demand and where investment is needed. The report will also help identify potential investment risks.

There is also an of the survey fields attached if this is more convenient (e.g.).

Click here to take part in the online survey can be found here, or download the excel version here if you would prefer to cut and paste your SDA data.

Any queries about the survey can be made via [email protected]

More general inquiries about the Summer Foundation Housing and Demand Study project should be directed to [email protected]