SDA overview

There are a number of different housing solutions and/or supports a participant will consider alongside their individual circumstances and disability support needs when determining the best housing solution for their situation.

For some participants, the NDIA will fund Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). SDA refers to accommodation for people who require specialist housing solutions, including to assist with the delivery of supports that cater for their extreme functional impairment or very high support needs. Funding is only provided to a small proportion of NDIS participants with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs who meet specific eligibility criteria.

SDA funding under the NDIS will stimulate investment in the development of new high quality dwellings for use by eligible NDIS participants. SDA funding is not support services, but is instead for the homes in which these services are delivered.

SDA Provider and Investor Brief

The NDIA continually engage participants, providers and investors on matters relating to the SDA market. In our role as market steward, we are committed to providing clarity to support the development of the SDA sector including through provision of improved information about policies and processes relating to SDA.

The SDA Provider and Investor Brief (PDF) provides information on:

  • funding principles including price reviews
  • eligibility and funding levels for SDA
  • some innovations made possible by SDA funding
  • dwelling standards and enrolment including work underway to develop third-party certification standards to improve confidence with compliance.

The SDA Provider and Investor Brief is the first in a series of planned communications to enable provider and investor understanding of this market. Other information including information on the review of SDA Pricing and Payments Framework is planned for release.

For more information on SDA:

SDA Limited Cost Assumptions Review

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Limited Cost Assumptions Review has commenced and is now open for submissions.

The review will be open to consider all SDA cost assumptions, but will focus in particular on location factors, as well as the construction cost assumption for the various building types and design categories.

NDIS participants, their families and carers, providers, industry, community, and other sector representatives are encouraged to provide their feedback on any of the SDA assumptions or location factors contained in the SDA Price Guide (PDF 1MB).

It is important to note that this is a limited review designed to identify and resolve any particular barriers to investment in the full range of SDA types and locations. As such, it will not result in a full review of all SDA prices. The next full review for SDA is scheduled to occur in 2023.

The SDA Limited Cost Assumptions Review will deliver recommendations to the Pricing Reference Group in June 2019, with any resulting changes to SDA assumptions and prices to apply from 1 July 2019. Submissions are now open and close at 5:00pm AEST on Friday 17 May 2019.

Submissions using the subject heading ‘SDA Limited Cost Assumptions Review submission’ should be sent to

SDA Limited Cost Assumptions Review Terms of Reference (DOCX 80KB)

Visit the Department of Social Services website to read the Framework (external) (External website).

This page current as of
3 May 2019