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How can improvements to the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) landscape be made to deliver high quality housing options for people with disability?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is structured to enable individuals to have choice and control, and deliver better outcomes for people with disability.

Appropriate, safe, long term and affordable housing for those with disability is at low levels in Australia. Much of the housing pre-NDIS was inadequate, badly maintained, badly located and very institutional in design; more like a hospital than a home.

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) funding is a mechanism under the NDIS designed to stimulate investors, developers, and builders to deliver more, and better quality, housing into the market. SDA provides funding for people with specific, acute needs.

Currently, the level of suitable disability housing in Australia is much lower than needed for the estimated 28,000 (or 6% of NDIS participants) who are expected to be eligible for SDA funding.

One of the key obstacles to the market supplying the type of housing needed in the right place is the absence of ‘market’ data. Also, the payment structure does not provide sufficient granularity to deliver the right pricing levels for land value in a particular area.

This article looks at these obstacles and others in more detail, and talks to an SDA tenant, family member of a person with disability, service providers, buiders and investors about this part of the housing market.

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