Specialist Disability Accommodation Pricing and Payments Framework Open Consultations

Posted on 24 December 2015

Specialist Disability Accommodation

Some Australians living with disability require access to Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in order to best meet their needs. This may be due to physical needs, or requiring high levels of support. From July 1 2016, eligible participants requiring access to SDA will have funding included in their plan to cover any disability-related housing costs that are above the ordinary costs of housing. This contribution towards SDA expenses is referred to as 'user cost of capital'.

User cost of capital is not intended to cover support costs, which are assessed and funded separately by the NDIS. User cost of capital is an adjusted contribution to the cost of the physical building, including the land it is on. This contribution will ensure that participants don't have to pay more for their homes because of their disability.

The Specialist Disability Accommodation Pricing and Payments Framework

The Specialist Disability Accommodation Pricing and Payments Framework (the Framework) was endorsed by the Disability Reform Council in November 2015. The Framework will guide the Agency as it develops pricing for SDA contributions. The Framework also provides guidance regarding eligibility, registration and quality and safeguards for SDA. The policy intent of the Framework is to establish a competitive price that attracts market players to supply new and appropriate dwelling stock. It also considers the need for stability in the transition from existing SDA arrangements to the NDIS.

Open Consultations

As announced in November 2015, the NDIA will be conducting intensive consultations across Australia throughout the first quarter of 2016. The NDIA is committed to informing individuals and agencies as far in advance as possible to support a thorough and meaningful consultation process and include all those with a contribution to make.

Consultations will seek to engage with participants, carers and families as well as financiers, and those involved in developing, building, purchasing and the management of accommodation options for people with disability.

While dates and locations are still being finalised, the Agency encourages you to register your interest in being part of these consultations by emailing your details to SDAHousing@ndis.gov.au.

Locations, dates and venues will be announced early in 2016. Those who have registered their interest will receive information on a consultation near you, including instructions on how to book online. This information will also be made available on the NDIS website so please check back regularly.

In acknowledgment of the time of year, the Agency will resend this communication and re-post it online in the first week of January.