For most families, Supported Disability Accommodation (SDA) has been difficult to access. Homes at Achieve are SDA registered, however applications for SDA require large amounts of evidence which may not be practical or realistic for families to produce. This evidence may include medical reports, occupational therapy functional assessments, psychological reports, behaviour incident reports, Support Coordinator’s housing solutions reports, and the list goes on.
Achieve understands these difficulties and is committed to working with the people we support, their families and carers, and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to ensure that people receive the support they need on an ongoing basis.
What’s the difference between Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Supported Disability Accommodation (SDA)?
Supported Independent Living (SIL) is the support or supervision of daily tasks to live independently.
Supported Disability Accommodation (SDA), on the other hand, is for people with disability who have severe functional impairment or highly complex support needs that require specialist housing alternatives.
To allow for easier access to Supported Disability Accommodation, we have three suggested improvements that could make a difference to this specialist area of the NDIS.
1. CLEAR APPLICATION PROCESS
The NDIA could provide a structured form and a clearer process on how to apply for SDA. Providing an application form with a checklist or set of questions would help providers, Support Coordinators, and families with their applications.
2. FEEDBACK ON FUNDING DECISIONS
When the NDIA rejects an SDA application, there is limited feedback provided on the reasons for this decision. This makes it difficult for providers and Support Coordinators to assist families on how to improve their applications.
3. TRAINING ON THE SDA APPLICATION PROCESS
If the NDIA were able to provide more information and training for providers, Support Coordinators and families, they could better understand the application process and what is specifically required to access SDA.
If these three suggested improvements are put in place by the NDIA, it will be a smoother process for families attempting to access Supported Disability Accommodation and any questions or concerns could be raised early on in the process to shorten waiting periods.
Achieve will continue working with the NDIA to achieve better outcomes and support for participants, their families and carers in this fundamental area of the NDIS.
If you have questions about the SDA or need assistance, contact our team on