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An initiative announced today will help Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) providers understand their obligations in delivering high quality services to National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants.

The Specialist Disability Accommodation Quality and Safeguards Education Initiative will see the Summer Foundation develop education resources and deliver training to registered SDA providers.

The initiative will also develop resources to support SDA-funded participants to understand their responsibilities as their own SDA provider, which is an option under the National Disability Insurance Agency’s SDA Framework.

The NDIS is transforming the lives of people with disability, including their housing choices. SDA funding under the NDIS is a radical new approach to ensure that people with disability have housing options that suit their needs. SDA payments to participants help the housing market deliver high quality SDA housing.

But there are important ongoing obligations to being an SDA provider. These are set out by the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, which will provide safeguards against poor practices by SDA providers, ensuring NDIS participants can enjoy their right to well managed housing and choice and control in their lives.

The initiative will help SDA providers to build their knowledge of the commission’s requirements and obligations and educate SDA provider organisations about the importance of consumer choice in the provision of SDA. The initiative will feature the voices of NDIS participants to illustrate quality and best practice.

The Summer Foundation has developed strong expertise in the developing SDA market, and looks forward to working with NDIS participants and key industry stakeholders to deliver this important education initiative.

The funding for this initiative is part of the national Support for NDIS Providers Program, and is one of 10 grants announced today by the Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert, as part of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission’s new four-year $17.6 million investment in building capacity among NDIS providers.

Source: Australian Financial Review | Author: Michael Bleby

Two separate reports, one by the Summer Foundation and Social Ventures Australia, and another by Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), into the sector forecast to become a $5 billion housing asset class show that while the unmet need is large, it still suffers from a lack of local market information that impedes investment and certainty about revenue flows.

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Source: Sunday Herald-Sun | Author: Karina Grift

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The Australian Government has announced a review of the NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) framework.

This is an important opportunity to tell the government what parts of the SDA system are working well and what needs to be fixed. You can read the Summer Foundation’s statement on the SDA framework review here.

Alternative format (Microsoft Word) available here.

The Summer Foundation is looking for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants to create personal digital stories that capture their experience of hospital discharge, housing or living as a young person in aged care.

Your stories will be used to help the health system, aged care sector and the NDIS improve the way they interact with people with complex disability – and with each other – to improve outcomes for people in the future.

HOSPITAL DISCHARGE EXPERIENCE

We’re looking for ten NDIS participants across Queensland, NSW, Tasmania and SA, to create personal digital stories that capture your experience of hospital discharge.

These digital stories will form part of a training package that will be used to help hospitals and the NDIS achieve smooth discharge from hospital back into the community as the NDIS rolls out across Australia.

For more details, download the flyer here.

EXPERIENCE LIVING IN A NURSING HOME

We’re looking for eight NDIS participants across Queensland, NSW, Tasmania and SA, to create personal digital stories that show how the lives of younger people with disability, who are living in residential aged care (RAC), can be improved.

Examples of positive outcomes could be: receiving NDIS funding, creative models of support and/or transitioning from RAC to more suitable housing.

These digital stories will be used to build knowledge within the aged care sector so that better outcomes can be achieved for younger people living in nursing homes across Australia.

For more details, download the flyer here.

EXPERIENCE LIVING AT HOME OR IN SUITABLE HOUSING

We’re looking for eight NDIS participants across Queensland, NSW, Tasmania and SA, to create personal digital stories that show how the lives of younger people with disability, who are living at home or in suitable housing, can be improved.

Examples of positive outcomes could be: receiving NDIS funding, creative models of support and/or transitioning from residential aged care (RAC) to more suitable housing.

These digital stories will be used to build knowledge, so that better outcomes can be achieved for younger people living in nursing homes across Australia.

For more details, download the flyer here.

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