Research Overview

This study examined the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) program and the attitudes of industry to investment and participation in that program. It questioned developers, investors, housing providers, prospective tenants and governments on how the SDA program will generate new supply that meets the needs and preferences of people with disability.

Research Findings

  • Industry sources and experts in the provision of accommodation for people with disability welcomed the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) scheme as an important initiative.
  • SDA has attracted substantial interest amongst the property sector, large financial institutions, specialist financial institutions, community housing providers, and disability service providers.
  • Industry informants noted barriers to the take up of SDA opportunities, including uncertainty around the eligibility of individuals to secure SDA support and poor knowledge of the detailed geographical distribution of those eligible for SDA funding.
  • Informants also noted a perceived fluidity in the administrative policy settings applied by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and the limited scale of the program.
  • Enterprises interested in SDA had invested time and other resources in acquiring knowledge to inform their investment decisions.
  • Overall, more than 100 for-profit sector and not-for-profit enterprises are engaged with SDA and there is potentially sufficient private capital to enable large-scale investment. Greater clarity around the location and volume of demand and the processes for assessing individuals for SDA support is needed for this potential to be realised.
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AHURI Final Report 310