Get Building SDA

The Get Building SDA initiative aims to provide information, connections and resources to get Australia building quality housing for people with disability.

This initiative is for people looking to build, invest in or live in Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).

SDA is housing that has been specially designed to suit the needs of people who have an ‘extreme functional impairment’ or ‘very high support needs’. The opportunities for families, housing developers and investors are huge, but SDA represents a leap into the unknown for many people.

Get Building SDA began in 2018 with an initial focus on regional NSW – the aim was to get 75 new SDA places underway by 2020, and to connect SDA providers and NDIS participants. With assistance from the Get Building SDA initiative, the number of new SDA places in regional NSW will comfortably exceed that initial goal by the end of 2019.  

While many more developers and investors are coming on board, only a fraction of the SDA that is needed has been built. Before Get Building SDA, fewer than 600 SDA places were underway in NSW, which represents less than 15% of the approximately 4,000 SDA places needed.

We held information sessions across NSW in late 2018, followed by 5 large networking events in April 2019, which allowed SDA providers with planned developments to connect with NDIS participants who are likely to be eligible for SDA, their families, carers and support providers.

National SDA conference

The first Get Building SDA National Conference was held in Melbourne in March 2019.

Bringing together almost 40 presenters and 400 delegates from across the country, the conference showcased what the SDA market has achieved to date, with expert presenters detailing what it takes to achieve great SDA outcomes. Developers, tenants, investors and policy makers all shared their experiences.

The Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher MP, used his keynote address to announce the government’s Young People in Aged Care Action Plan. The conference also saw the release of a new joint report from the Summer Foundation and Social Ventures Australia on SDA supply in Australia

For more information on planning, financing and managing an SDA build, and many other great resources go to:

In NSW, the Summer Foundation and Disability Services Consulting are delivering Get Building SDA with funding support from the NSW Department of Industry, under the Smart, Skilled and Hired: Disability Sector Scale Up program. The Get Building SDA National Conference 2019 was a joint initiative of the Summer Foundation and Youngcare.