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Specialist Disability Accommodation Reform and Improvements

Provision of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) has improved under reforms announced on 8 February 2019 by the Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, and the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services, Sarah Henderson.

Changes are being made to improve choice and control over living arrangements for eligible NDIS participants, build market confidence and provide greater security to providers and investors to grow the supply of SDA in response to the SDA Pricing and Payments Framework Review which took place in December 2018.

According to Mr Fletcher, the reforms will “stimulate construction and supply of SDA properties, creating more diverse accommodation options for NDIS participants.” For the first time SDA will also be included in participants plans up front, so participants, their carers or families can go into the market and find or commission a home that suits their individual needs

Assistant Minister for Social Services, Housing and Disability Services, Sarah Henderson also explained that the government is continuously working to improve flexibility and reduce restrictions that currently prevent some families from living together.

ONCALL welcomed the changes made that will now assist eligible NDIS SDA participants and families to have greater choice and opportunity for suitable affordable housing.  ONCALL has two exciting SDA projects underway in Doncaster and Cranbourne.

Further information and access to the full report can be found on the DSS website and the updated SDA Price Guide and SDA Pricing and Payments Framework are now available and can be viewed here.