The NDIA has released a Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Decision Paper on Pricing and Payments. SDA refers to specialist housing for NDIS participants with complex needs.
In May, Summer Foundation CEO Di Winkler published an article with Luke Bo’sher in The Conversation explaining how this policy lays the foundation for developing the range and scale of housing needed to resolve the issue of young people in nursing homes.
The NDIA recognises that many people with complex needs have a reasonable and necessary requirement for SDA.
We anticipate that around 28 000 or 6 per cent of NDIS participants may be eligible for funding to assist with the cost of their housing. This funding will be allocated to the participant but may be paid directly to the housing provider, and will appear on the participant’s plan. The payment will cover the housing provider’s capital costs and is designed to increase the supply of affordable accessible housing. The rent amount for eligible participants will be set at 25% of the disability support pension plus their commonwealth rent assistance allocation.
Assistance with housing costs is separate from the funding for participant support costs. This separation is important because it gives participants more choice over where they can live. It means that an individual NDIS participant is no longer committed to receiving support and housing from the same provider, which is the norm under the existing system.