Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)

If you have a goal to find more suitable housing, the Disability Housing Centre can help you navigate the complexities of the process ahead.  From submitting your SDA application, researching properties and transitioning into a new home we will work with you through those processes.


If your NDIS plan includes Support Coordination as one of your funded supports but you don’t have yet have one, the disability housing centre can work with you to implement and maximise your NDIS plan. Our Support Coordination service is designed to help you get the best from your NDIS plan, offering specialist support and expertise in exploring housing options.



Specialist Disability Accommodation


Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) refers to capital funding provided by the NDIA for eligible participants who require specialist housing.  SDA funding is only provided for participants who meet the eligibility criteria of an extreme functional impairment and/or very high support needs. In order to receive the funding, SDA homes have to be managed by NDIA registered providers and must be enrolled and compliant against the standards. 


NDIS participants who meet the threshold for SDA eligibility receive funding in their individual plan. Participants are then able to find an enrolled SDA dwelling that meets their needs.  SDA funding is for capital only (i.e. bricks and mortar) and is not for person-to-person supports.  


Tenants will be required to make a Reasonable Rent Contribution (‘RRC’) to their SDA Provider, which will be in addition to any SDA payment from the NDIS. Rent paid by a participant will be limited to 25% of the Disability Support Pension plus Commonwealth Rent Assistance.


There are four design categories that dwellings fall under: Improved liveability, Fully Accessible, Robust and High physical support.  In response to participant feedback and the greatest unmet need,


The Disability Housing Centre and SDA Smart Homes has initially focused on supplying SDA compliant group homes that will be most suitable for those with fully accessible or high-physical support needs. It is our objective at the Disability Housing Centre to be able to provide accommodation solutions to all people with disabilities. Talk to our Housing Facilitator about other way we can support you to find suitable accommodation.


SDA – Fully Accessible & High Physical Support design criteria 















How do I apply for a listed vacancy in an SDA Smart Home?

In partnership with SDA Smart Homes (insert link to listings) we have direct access to a portfolio of brand new homes that are designed to enhance independent living.  We can help to explain how you can access SDA via the NDIS and what steps are involved in moving into an SDA property. If you are interested in any of our current advertised vacancies or would like to talk about how we can help you with your specific housing needs, please contact our Housing Facilitator (link to contact page).


My NDIS plan doesn’t have SDA funding included. How do I apply?

The SDA funding process is managed by the National Disability Insurance Agency.  You will need to check you meet the eligibility criteria and collect a variety of evidence that supports your application.  An occupational therapist who specialises in disability accommodation assessments can help you to explore the most appropriate housing for your needs.  


The whole process can seem a little overwhelming so we suggest that you or your support coordinator call us at the Disability Housing Centre to discuss your individual circumstances (link to contact page).


Do you offer Short Term Accommodation Options or Respite?

Disability Housing Centre in collaboration with SDA Smart homes has a portfolio of properties built to the High Physical Support SDA specifications, that can be accessed for short stays under Short Term Accommodation and Medium Term Accommodation depending on eligibility and availability. DHC partners with NDIS registered care providers who are committed to ensuring even brief stays in our modern and tech enabled accessible homes will be relaxing and enjoyable. Speak to our Housing Facilitator for further information on vacancies and eligibility.


Can I use Medium Term accommodation funding?

Funding for Medium Term Accommodation (MTA) is available to NDIS participants who require temporary transitional housing while they wait for their permanent home to become ready or available for use.

MTA funding is paid from a participant’s NDIS plan under Core Supports and covers daily accommodation costs only for a period of up to three months. The cost of receiving care is separate and paid separately to the service provider who delivers support staff.  The Disability Housing Centre may be able to offer a vacancy in our SDA certified homes on a transitional arrangement in some situations.  If you think this may be a suitable option for you or someone you are supporting, please speak with our housing facilitator for further information.


Who will provide my care in the home?

The Disability Housing Centre works in partnership with a number of NDIS registered support providers who are committed to delivering the highest standard of care to tenants living in SDA Smart Homes properties.  This is generally provided under a Supported Independent (SIL) Living arrangement. The NDIS funds SIL arrangements to provide assistance with and/or supervision of tasks of daily living in a shared living environment.  SIL arrangements do not include rent or daily living expenses. You will need to pay for these costs out of your personal budget.


Who collects my rent and responds to maintenance and tenancy issues?

Each tenant holds an individual residential tenancy agreement with SDA Smart Homes that complies with the Residential Tenancies Act. SDA Smart homes as the property manager is responsible for conducting routine property inspections, collecting rent and undertaking property maintenance. 


How will complaints and feedback be handled?

The Disability Housing Centre and SDA Smart Homes is committed to being open and responsive to any complaints or suggestions for improvement made by its service recipients (people we support / participants) or other members of the community and stakeholders. We will seek an outcome to a complaint which is satisfactory to all parties and will endeavour to incorporate suggestions for improvement into service development and business improvement programs.


For further information, please request a copy of our complaints and feedback policy.  You can also contact the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission for information and advice if you are unhappy with the standard of service you receive. NDIS Commission