Specialist Disability Accommodation Operational Guideline - Overview

1. What is the purpose of this operational guideline?

This Operational Guideline is to be used in conjunction with the Operational Guideline on Planning and provides additional guidance in relation to the preparation and review of a participant’s plan when Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is under consideration.

In particular, this Operational Guideline provides guidance in relation to making a decision to approve a statement of participant supports which includes SDA, and where a plan includes SDA, how the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will describe the SDA type and location.

2. What is the relevant legislation?

Currently, there is no SDA specific legislation.

Therefore, decisions which involve including SDA in plans are made applying the same legislation which applies for all plan decisions.

For decisions involving SDA, the following legislation is particularly relevant:

3. Overview

SDA refers to accommodation for participants who require specialist housing solutions to assist with the delivery of their supports and which cater for their significant functional impairment or very high support needs. SDA does not refer to the support services themselves, but the homes in which these services are delivered.

SDA may include special designs for participants with very high support needs, or may have a location or feature which makes it feasible to provide complex or costly supports.

SDA is intended to be a specialist solution for participants with a very high need for constant or immediately available supports, and/or those participants with extreme or complete functional impairment in a core area (self-care, mobility or self-management) where key activity limitations remain even following the use of assistive technologies, home modifications or capacity building supports.

Once a person becomes a participant in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), they develop a personal goal-based plan with the NDIA.

A participant’s plan must include the participant’s statement of goals and aspirations and a statement of participant supports (see what must be included in a participant’s plan?).

The statement of participant supports specifies, amongst other matters, the general supports (if any) that will be provided, and the reasonable and necessary supports (if any) that will be funded under the NDIS (section 33(2)).

SDA is one type of reasonable and necessary support that may be funded for a participant under the NDIS. For other support types, please refer to the Operational Guideline on including specific types of supports in plans.

The decision to approve a statement of participant supports should consider the inclusion of SDA as a support in the context of the other supports to be funded or provided for a participant and the overall plan cost, not just the cost of SDA.

When deciding to include any support in a participant’s plan, the NDIA must have regard to a range of matters set out in the NDIS Act, including the participant’s statement of goals and aspirations.

Specifically, before including any support in a participant’s plan, the NDIA must:

See also what must the NDIA consider when approving the statement of participant supports?


    This page current as of
    18 July 2019