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Support in Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) apartments

Findings from co-design workshops and interviews with tenants and providers
Housing for people with disability National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Residential care Australia

The National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) vision is for an 'ordinary life at home' for people with disability, including greater flexibility and independence. The NDIA promotes innovation in the provision of housing and supports, and is seeking to encourage new models of home and living that replace more institutional arrangements, such as group homes or younger people living in residential aged care. One innovative model is the provision of on-site shared support (OSS) for people with disability living in co-located Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).

This report summarises the findings of workshops and interviews held in 2021 with NDIS participant tenants living in co-located SDA, as well as SDA and OSS providers. The study aimed to:

  1. Listen to and document the perspectives of tenants, SDA providers and OSS providers.
  2. Describe the key challenges experienced by tenants, SDA providers and OSS providers.
  3. Identify potential solutions to improve the consistency, quality and cost-effectiveness of the disability supports delivered to tenants living in SDA-funded apartments.
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