If you have a disability, inappropriate housing can make life difficult. It can stop you participating in work or study; it can stop you participating in your community. For people who aren’t happy with where they live, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) may be an opportunity to look for more suitable housing.
For many people, the NDIS is a whole new world, with lots of new words, new rules and new ways of doing things. So the Summer Foundation is creating resources to help.
MY HOUSING PREFERENCES
What type of housing you would like to live in? Where you would like to live? Who you would like to live with? The Summer Foundation has developed a tool called My Housing Preferences to help you think about these things and work out your housing goals.
SAMPLE NDIS PLANS
These sample NDIS plans are for people aged under 65 years living in, or at risk of entering, residential aged care and may be helpful for their families, supporters, guardians or nominees.
LOOKING FOR SOMEWHERE TO LIVE
The NDIS doesn’t provide housing, but if you have a disability, it may provide funding to help you search for suitable housing. This guide is to help you work out if you need funding in your NDIS Plan to search for housing, and how to go about making the most of this funding if it’s provided in your plan.
The Looking for Somewhere to Live guide is available to download here. Note that this guide replaces ‘Exploring Your Housing Options’.
SDA PAYMENTS GUIDE
Specialist disability accommodation (SDA) is housing that has been specially designed or modified to suit the needs of people who have an ‘extreme functional impairment’ or ‘very high support needs’. If you are eligible, the NDIS funds the cost of your housing through SDA payments to an SDA provider.
The Summer Foundation’s SDA Payments guide explains what the payments are, who they are paid to and how they are accessed. It also explains the different types of SDA. For people who have SDA payments included in their NDIS Plan, the guide explains how to make the most of the funding.
MAINSTREAM HOUSING OPTIONS
Mainstream housing is any housing that is not specialist disability accommodation (SDA). It is housing that anyone can live in, whether they have a disability or not.
Most people with disability will not get SDA funding in their NDIS Plan, but still want to choose where they live and who they live with. This guide explains the different types of mainstream housing and will help you look for housing that suits you.
LIVING MORE INDEPENDENTLY
Moving from residential aged care, a group home or your parents’ home into a house where you get to decide what you do and how you live is a big thing for most people.
Living More Independently is a guide to help you plan for your move, then make it happen. You can download the Living More Independently guide here.
HOW TO WRITE A HOUSING PLAN (SDA)
The How to write a Housing Plan – Guide and the Housing Plan Template have been created to help support coordinators write housing plans for NDIS participants who want to test their eligibility for SDA funding. It provides information on what to include to achieve the best possible outcome for the person you’re working for.
ALLIED HEALTH HOUSING ASSESSMENTS GUIDE
The guide will assist support coordinators and allied health professionals to work together on Housing Plans for NDIS participants.
THE NDIS HOUSING PATHWAY
The NDIS housing pathway can be confusing, so we’ve created a diagram that shows all the steps and links to relevant resources along the way.
You must demonstrate that you have searched for a mainstream housing option before testing your eligibility for specialist disability accommodation (SDA). The NDIS Housing Pathway diagram is available to download here.
SUMMARY OF CHANGES TO SDA FRAMEWORK
On 8 February 2019, the government announced ‘immediate reforms’ to SDA to improve choice and control for NDIS participants and boost market confidence. The changes arise from an Australian Government review in 2018 of the SDA Pricing and Payments Framework.
This summary provides background to the changes, what has changed now, and future changes to be brought in. The summary of SDA changes is available for download here.
USING SDA TO BUY YOUR OWN PROPERTY
Some people receiving SDA payments may want to consider using them to cover mortgage repayments on an SDA property that they purchase. The steps involved are outlined in this resource, which is available to download here.
Under the NDIS, things are changing all the time. So sometimes we have to change the information in these resources. You can always find the latest version of our resources on this page.