SDA Reference Group

A Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Reference Group was established by the NDIA to support the development of the SDA market, increase choice and control for participants, and ensure the long-term viability of SDA investments under the NDIS.

The group focuses on:

  • Implementing SDA policy
  • Market development
  • Pricing assumptions
  • Innovation and best practice
  • Participant experience of SDA processes, market and housing outcomes
  • Clarity of information.


The SDA Reference Group membership includes participant representatives, members of the Independent Advisory Council and key senior staff from the Department of Social Services, the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission and the NDIA. It also includes representatives from:

  • Ability First Australia
  • Achieve Australia
  • Guardian Living
  • InHousing
  • Lighthouse Infrastructure
  • Macquarie Group
  • National Disability Services
  • New South Wales Government Department of Families and Community Services 
  • People with Disability Australia
  • Power Housing
  • SDA Alliance
  • Spinal Cord Injuries Australia
  • Summer Housing
  • Supported Independent Living Co-op
  • The Summer Foundation
  • Youngcare

Members were selected based on their ability to effectively represent the views of stakeholders. The National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation is also invited to contribute as regular attendees.

The creation of the SDA Reference Group demonstrates our commitment to the sustainability of the SDA market and improving the participant experience.

Full details of the SDA Reference Group are in the Terms of Reference (DOCX 89KB).

The SDA Reference Group will meet eight times over 18 months, from its first meeting in March 2019.

2020 meeting dates

  • Friday 7 February - Sydney
  • Tuesday 7 April - Melbourne
  • Tuesday 9 June - Sydney


Minutes from the SDA Reference Group meetings are now available in the right hand menu on this page.

If you have any questions about the SDA Reference Group please contact

This page current as of
9 September 2020