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Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) explainer for investors

In response to feedback from the SDA panel, the Summer Foundation has developed 2 new resources to help support coordinators and allied health professionals prepare an NDIS participant housing statement.

The Participant Housing Statement Template (with accompanying guide) seeks to ensure that the NDIA provides people with funding that reflects their preferred housing option.

People under 65 in residential aged care (RAC), or at risk of admission to RAC, with complex disability support needs, whose disability prevents them from living in a mainstream housing option, may only need to submit a participant housing statement between 2 and 5 pages long.

The participant housing statement with supporting documentation should be submitted to the NDIA. Supporting documentation includes allied health assessments, carer statements, RAC care plans, incident and police reports. We have developed a Participant Housing Statement Template to assist.

Who this guide is for

This guide is for people in residential aged care (RAC), or at risk of admission to RAC, and others at risk of permanent admission to RAC. For all other NDIS participants testing their eligibility for SDA, we recommend submitting a housing plan. See our How to Write a Housing Plan Guide and Template.


Allied health professional reports must address:
– Section 34, R&N, of the NDIS Act 2013
– SDA Rules 2020, Eligibility, andmeets SDA needs requirement (Rules 11- 18)

Providing extensive evidence to the NDIA supports people’s choice and control and guards against the NDIA funding them to live in a group home.

The decision to supplement allied health reports with a housing plan or a participant housing statement rests with the participant. Consider the circumstances and preferred housing outcome when deciding.

This short video about Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and the accompanying information sheets can be used by support coordinators to explain what SDA is to the people they are working with.

The video and information sheets include information about what SDA is, who can live in SDA, the different types of SDA, who pays for SDA, how to get SDA funding and how support works in SDA. Download the information sheets below.

What is SDA?

Can I live in SDA?

Are there different types
of SDA?

Who pays for SDA?

How do I get SDA funding?

How does support work
in SDA?

Where can I live?

The purpose of the directory is to provide information to hospital discharge teams and their patients about housing providers who may have suitable housing options for discharging patients who are NDIS participants, but are having difficulties locating suitable housing.

This directory has been compiled as part of the Queensland Hospital Discharge and Housing project.

The information provided in this directory has been supplied by each provider.

The providers in this directory have been briefed about the aims of the Queensland Hospital Discharge and Housing project and are aware that they may be approached with referrals of NDIS participants (or their support coordinators) seeking help with identifying potential housing options.

The Queensland Hospital Discharge and Housing project is funded by the Queensland Government and will operate during 2020.

Queensland Government support for the Queensland Hospital Discharge and Housing Project does not constitute an endorsement of providers. The Queensland Government encourages housing for people with disability (both mainstream housing and specialist disability accommodation) to align with the Housing Principles for Inclusive Communities. An up-to-date list of all Registered NDIS Providers can be found here.

The UpSkill team have produced the following videos to capture the fundamentals of what you need to know when you are a support coordinator or private allied health professional. If you are attending any online or face-to-face UpSkill training, you should watch the UpSkill Fundamentals videos beforehand.

UpSkill Fundamentals Part 1

Working from a human rights framework requires that you understand the origin of the human rights and disability rights movements. 
Topics included in this webinar: 
1. A potted history of disability
2. How we got the NDIS
3. Central ideas underpinning the NDIS

UpSkill Fundamentals Part 2

Effective capacity building work with NDIS participants requires that you understand how to apply the central ideas underpinning the NDIS. Topics included in this webinar: 
4. How the NDIS works
5. The role of NDIS support coordinators and allied health professionals
6. Complex support needs pathway
7. Participating in a planning meeting

UpSkill Fundamentals Part 3

The NDIS can provide funding for people with complex support needs to live in the community with an appropriate mix of NDIS and mainstream supports.  Making this a reality requires NDIS support coordinators and allied health professionals who can work effectively with the NDIS health interface and understand the housing supports in the NDIS, including the  specialist disability accommodation (SDA) pathway. Topics included in this webinar: 
8. Health NDIS interface
9. Discharge destinations
10. Invitation to join UpSkill

These videos for health services are part of the NDIS Capacity building framework training manual.

Embedding Practice Change: Health Services and the NDIS

Introduction to the NDIS (Webinars 1–4)

NDIS Foundations (Modules 1–3)

Streamlining Health & NDIS for Better Discharge Outcomes