Specialist Disability Accommodation

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a range of housing designed for NDIS participants with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs. SDA has accessible features to help residents live more independently and have better access to supports in their home.

Participants eligible for SDA:

  • have an extreme functional impairment or very high support needs
  • have a reasonable and necessary need for SDA.

More information about SDA and eligibility is in the SDA Operational Guideline .

SDA funding is used for housing, not services or supports. It also helps to stimulate investment in high quality dwellings suitable for participants with SDA funding in their plan.

The SDA Market Information Statement 2021 (PDF 603KB) provides a high-level overview of SDA growth opportunities and risks.

The Statement considers:

  • recent NDIA publications and improvements to SDA systems
  • a commitment to quarterly SDA reporting, including pipeline data
  • challenges facing SDA demand forecasting and eligibility assessment.

It also shares the NDIA’s approach to market stewardship so that participants, providers and investors can better understand the levers that influence market growth, sustainability and innovation in the SDA market.

The SDA Provider and Investor Brief 2018 (PDF 333KB) has more information about:

  • funding principles, including price reviews
  • eligibility and funding levels for SDA
  • some innovations made possible by SDA funding
  • dwelling standards and enrolment.

SDA Rules

Most of the requirements and obligations for SDA are in the NDIS (Specialist Disability Accommodation) Rules 2021 (SDA Rules) .

The SDA Rules require all providers to be registered NDIS providers and for all dwellings to be enrolled with the NDIA. The SDA Rules outline dwelling enrolment requirements such as design categories, building types and other features that affect prices. 

NDIS Pricing Arrangements for SDA have information about how dwellings are priced and the conditions that must be met before making an SDA payment claim.

SDA Design Standard

The SDA Design Standard outlines design requirements and gives providers the flexibility to respond to participant needs and preferences.  

Visit the SDA Design Standard page and SDA Operational Guideline for more information.

Pricing arrangements and price limits 

NDIS Pricing Arrangements for Specialist Disability Accommodation (formerly the SDA Price Guide) is a summary of all prices that apply to SDA. The SDA price calculator can help providers calculate the expected annual income of an SDA dwelling. 

Visit the SDA pricing and payments page for more information.

SDA dwelling enrolment and vacancies

Providers must be registered through the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission to enrol an SDA dwelling. The NDIA has online systems for enrolling dwellings and notifying the NDIA of dwelling vacancies .

Current SDA vacancies are advertised for NDIS participants on the SDA Finder

Visit the SDA dwelling enrolment and vacancies page for more information.

SDA data

SDA demand data is updated regularly and includes information about the number of participants who:

  • are living in SDA
  • have SDA funding and are looking for suitable SDA
  • are seeking alternative SDA
  • have completed the SDA housing assessment and awaiting SDA funding in their plan.

The SDA 2020-21 Q4 report gives additional data and insights about changes in SDA supply and the SDA-eligible participant cohort over time. 

Researchers, academics, government agencies and departments can submit a request for tailored NDIS data for a specific purpose. If you are interested in a tailored NDIS data set, please visit the Request data page.

This page current as of
30 September 2021
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