Eligibility for SDA funding

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a range of housing designed for people with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs. SDA homes are designed to be accessible for the participant to encourage and improve independence and enable enhanced safe delivery of their entire package of supports.

NDIS participants are able to access SDA funding support if they meet the ‘eligibility requirements’ and need specialist housing solutions to assist with the proper and safe delivery of their various supports.

SDA does not refer to the care or Supported Independent Living (SIL) services. It is the homes in which these supports are delivered. Ideally located near family and friends, medical and community resources to facilitate the safety and viability of the entire package of supports to maximise the participant’s independence.

SDA may be a shared home with 2 or 3 other people or the participant may be able to live alone in SDA with appropriate supports if that is their preference and it best meets their needs and circumstances.

To decide if someone is eligible for SDA funding the NDIS considers, among many other issues, whether the participant satisfies the following criteria:

  • Does the participant have an ‘extreme functional impairment’ or ‘very high support needs’?
  • Is there a very high need for person-to-person support?
  • Will they meet the SDA “needs requirement”?
  • Is SDA reasonable and necessary relative to their needs?
  • Will SDA be effective and beneficial in contributing to maintaining or improving their functional capacity?

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