When an SDA property is built it needs to be enrolled with us before we can provide funding for it.

Recent changes to enrolment

There are two options to enrol an SDA dwelling. A provider can enrol a dwelling against the new SDA Design Standard, or the current Minimum Requirements:

  • SDA Design Standard - the Design Standard isn’t mandatory until 1 July 2021. We announced the SDA Design Standard in October 2019.

    Learn more about the SDA Design Standard.

    Learn more about the SDA Design Standard Implementation Plan.

  • Minimum Requirements – applications for this option will only be accepted after 1 July 2021 if you have an exemption.

Eventually, the SDA Design Standard will replace the current Minimum Requirements. Exemptions may apply.


You must make applications in writing. The information we need for your application depends if it is for:

  • the SDA Design Standard
  • current Minimum Requirements.

Learn more about enrolling a dwelling.

Evidence of compliance

SDA Design Standard

We’re accepting dwelling enrolment applications from 1 July 2020 under a new voluntary enrolment stream. The Design Standard will be mandatory from 1 July 2021.

To approve an application, providers must give us the following information:

  • SDA Dwelling Enrolment Application Form
  • Provider Certification Form 
  • Certificate of compliance signed by a qualified SDA Assessor. They must not be an employee, associate or otherwise engaged by the applicant.

The applicant must include their signature where required.

Design stage certification

The SDA Design Standard allows you to obtain certification at the design or planning stage of your project.

Qualified SDA assessors can certify that the design meets the requirements of the Design Standard. 

This allows us to process final dwelling enrolment applications faster. It also usually means it’s less likely we’ll need to ask for more information before an application is processed.

If you have design stage certification for a project, you can send it to us at SDARegistration@ndis.gov.au along with:

  • the dwelling address
  • SDA design category and building type
  • number of residents 
  • estimated completion time.

You don’t need to submit any further information until the dwelling is complete and ready to be enrolled.

What about exemptions?

You can apply for an exemption for dwellings completed after 1 July 2021.

Providers can use the Design Standard exemption application form prior to 31 July 2020.

We may give exemptions where you can show:

  • you have made significant financial commitments for the project in progress
  • it isn’t possible to alter the project plans to the new SDA Design Standard.

Exemptions will be granted solely at the discretion of the NDIA.

Minimum Requirements

Providers can apply to enrol an SDA dwelling by submitting evidence of compliance with the current Minimum Requirements:

  • the dwelling is complete prior to 1 July 2021
  • the provider and property have an exemption, as above.

For an enrolment application to be accepted in the Design Standards stream, providers must provide the following information and documents to us, signed by the applicant where required:

Certification of enrolled dwellings

The NDIA may request that another person certify the information you gave us when the dwelling was enrolled. We will check that this information still applies to the dwelling. We will say what qualifications the third party must have, and how independent they need to be from you.

Conditions of enrolment

Providers must comply with the conditions for the enrolment for each dwelling. These are set out in Rules 28 to 30 of the SDA Rules .

They include: 

  • the dwelling is kept in a good state of repair, and
  • you notify us of any changes, and
  • provide any certificates or information required by the CEO as per the SDA Rules .

If you need to notify us of anything regarding an SDA dwelling, email us at SDARegistration@ndis.gov.au.

Enrolment of dwellings containing ordinary bedrooms

The SDA Rules allow for participants to choose to live with non-participants.

Dwellings can now contain bedrooms for non-participants that don’t meet the SDA Design Standard or Minimum Requirements.

Some points of note:

  • we enrol dwellings per the number of “SDA compliant bedrooms”
  • ordinary bedrooms are noted on the enrolment separately
  • pricing for all enrolled dwellings is according to the SDA Price Guide
  • entrance points and doors must comply with the SDA Design Standard or Minimum Requirements
  • all areas of a dwelling that aren’t bedrooms or private bathrooms (such as en suites) are shared areas that need to comply with SDA Design standard or Minimum Requirements.

If an application includes non-compliant bedrooms, providers also need to submit: 

  • the number of non-compliant bedrooms, as above
  • the number of persons to reside in those bedrooms
  • a declaration that non-compliant bedrooms won’t be used to house SDA eligible participants. 

What happens after enrolment?

Our processing times

We usually process dwelling enrolment applications within 28 days of receipt of a complete and correct application. This is as long as it includes all required information and documents.

We aren’t responsible for delays due to incorrect or incomplete applications. 

If an application may take longer than 28 days to process because of its complexity or other reasons, we will notify the provider.

Refusing to enrol a dwelling

If an application is incorrect or incomplete, and a provider doesn’t get back to us, we can refuse to process it.

We might not enrol a dwelling if it does not meet the Minimum Requirements, density restrictions or other parts of the SDA Rules .

If this happens, the provider will be notified and the application won’t be reconsidered without further information. We might need another application if significant changes are needed to the application.

Cancelling an enrolment

We may cancel a provider’s enrolment where we become aware of any breach of the conditions of enrolment. This includes:

  • complaints against the SDA provider where these are upheld by the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, and relate to the dwelling’s state of repair
  • if information submitted as part of the dwelling enrolment application is false or misleading
  • an SDA provider refusing a reasonable request for information from us. This request may also come from the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
  • an SDA provider failing to notify us of any changes to an enrolled dwelling without a reasonable excuse
  • an SDA provider failing to arrange for certification of any application matters
  • an SDA provider falsifying certification of any application matters
  • if we (or the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission) become aware of serious or immediate safety issues. These may indicate the dwelling is not in a good state of repair.

Reviewable decisions

A decision made by the NDIA not to enrol a dwelling is reviewable under rule 26(3) of the NDIS (SDA) Rules . A decision to cancel a dwelling enrolment is also reviewable under rule 27(4).

If you request a review of these decisions, we’ll follow the same process as other reviewable decisions. For more information, refer to Review of Decisions.

SDA Pricing

The maximum amounts that providers can receive from NDIS funding for SDA are set out in the SDA Price Guide.

This page current as of
21 September 2020
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