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Ask a Support Coordinator: SDA
Ask a Support Coordinator: SDA
7 July 2022

What is SDA? 


Specialist disability accommodation (SDA) is a range of housing designed for people with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs. SDA dwellings have accessible features to help residents live more independently and allow other supports to be delivered better or more safely. SDA design categories include improved liveability, robust, fully accessible and high physical support.


SDA helps to stimulate the market to produce high quality, contemporary, accessible, well-designed housing for participants with SDA funding in their plan. SDA funding is paid directly to SDA providers to cover the building and maintenance costs. NDIS participants pay a reasonable rent contribution and other day-to-day living costs such as electricity bills. 


How can I get SDA included in my NDIS plan?

At InFocus, our Support Coordinators can work with you, to support you through the processing of requesting SDA funding. We may be able help in the following ways:

  • Help you to access support from an experienced OT to complete an SDA Housing Assessment and report and Functional Capacity report.
  • Support you to complete and submit the NDIA Home and Living form to the NDIA. This lets the NDIA know that you need a home and living supports in your plan because these supports cannot be met through mainstream, community or informal supports.
  • Support you to begin thinking about what your ideal living arrangement would be and what NDIA funded supports you require to achieve this.
  • Support you to create a Home and Living goal to be included in your new NDIS plan.
  • Once approval for SDA has been confirmed by the NDIA – we can support you to request a change of circumstances plan review to have SDA approved in a new plan.
  • Support you to get the right information about SDA – what it is, associated criteria and support to understand and navigate NDIA guidelines relating to SDA.
  • Help you to explore Housing Options – considering the approved SDA design category, where you would like to live and number of people approved for the living arrangement. 
  • Provide resource information and support you to use the disability housing websites to monitor for vacancies e.g. SDA Housing – Housing Hub Website, Disability Housing Australia
  • Provide support to approach your chosen SDA providers about housing vacancies and request notification of housing vacancies as they arise.

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Ask a Support Coordinator: STA
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Ask a Support Coordinator: AT
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The Difference Between Plan Management & Support Coordination
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Our team of Brisbane based Plan Managers and Support Coordinators make the NDIS easy to understand and navigate so that you can get the most out of your plan. Let’s take a look at how Plan Management and Support Coordination work and the differences between them

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