Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) refers to accommodation for participants who require specialist housing solutions to assist with the delivery of supports that cater for their extreme functional impairment and/or very high support needs.
SDA does not refer to the support services, but the homes in which these are delivered. SDA may include specialist designs for people with very high needs or may have a location or features that make it feasible to provide complex or costly supports for independent living.
SDA Price Guide
Like other parts of the NDIS, SDA employs a market-based approach by making funding available to participants who meet the criteria for SDA. A participant can then source the supports they choose from the market. For SDA this means that the NDIS provides funding through a participant’s plan and the participant (often with additional support such as a support coordinator) then finds and applies for the best SDA option for them.
The SDA Price Guide is a summary of NDIS prices that will apply for SDA. It helps providers understand the prices for SDA under the NDIS.
The SDA Price Guide should be read in conjunction with a number of other documents, including the SDA Rules, the SDA Operational Guidelines, the SDA Guide to Suitability and the NDIS Terms of Business for Registered Providers.
- 2018/19 SDA Price Guide (DOCX 116KB)
- 2018/19 SDA Price Guide (PDF 1MB)
- 2018/19 SDA Pricing Calculator (XLSX 32KB)
- Price Guide 2019-20 for Specialist Disability Accommodation (DOCX 154KB)
- 2019-20 SDA price calculator (XLS 38KB)
Previous SDA price guides and calculators can be found on the Price guide archive page.
SDA Pricing and Payments Framework
In November 2015, the Disability Reform Council (DRC) endorsed the SDA Pricing and Payments Framework (the Framework). The Framework provided guidance and instruction on how SDA pricing was to be developed, and for whom, and in what circumstances, SDA funding would be provided.
As outlined in the Framework, the DRC reviewed the Framework in 2018 its third year of operation. Visit the Department of Social Services website to read the Framework (external) (External website).
Development of SDA Benchmark Pricing and Payments
Over the period January 2016 through to March 2016 the NDIA sought the views of the public through calling for written submissions and hosting extensive public consultations in each state and territory. The NDIA also sought the views of State and Territory governments.
This process of consultation included publishing the SDA Position Paper on Draft Pricing and Payments on 1 April 2016 and calling for further feedback from all stakeholders on the proposed draft prices and approach.
- Archived document: Specialist Disability Accommodation Position Paper on Draft Pricing and Payments (DOCX 1.98MB)
- Archived document: Specialist Disability Accommodation Position Paper on Draft Pricing and Payments (PDF 1.05MB)
Feedback provided on the SDA Position Paper resulted in adjustments and highlighted areas for further clarification.
The SDA Pricing and Payments Decision Paper (the Decision Paper) was published on 1 June 2016. The Decision Paper set out the NDIA’s final decisions in relation to initial SDA Benchmark Pricing and Payments.
- Archived document: Specialist Disability Accommodation Decision Paper on Pricing and Payments (PDF 984KB)
- Archived document: Specialist Disability Accommodation Decision Paper on Pricing and Payments (DOCX 307KB)
In March 2017 The National Disability Insurance Scheme (Specialist Disability Accommodation) Rules 2016 (SDA Rules) were registered. The SDA Rules were agreed by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments and are now the central authorising document for SDA.
The SDA Rules deal with the criteria for when a participant will have SDA included in their NDIS plan, the dwellings that can be used for SDA and the payments that will be paid to registered providers of SDA. Most of the requirements and obligations in relation to SDA are set out in the SDA Rules.
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (Specialist Disability Accommodation) Rules 2016 (external) (External website)
The Rules also allow the NDIA to further specify a number of requirements such as design categories for dwellings, other features that affect prices, and SDA prices. These matters are further outlined in the SDA Price Guide described above.