As a sub-set of the NDIS, the SDA scheme has been designed to address this chronic undersupply.
When the NDIS is fully rolled out, it is expected that almost $700m in SDA payments will be made each year to support almost 28,000 participants requiring a specialist housing solution.
NDIS funding for SDA is attached to SDA Participants’ plans and it is portable, to provide SDA Participants with the ability to choose an accommodation solution that suits, and to enable participants to move between accommodation providers, in which case their funding will also move.
The SDA scheme has been developed to support accommodation for NDIS Participants who require specialist housing solutions to assist with the delivery of supports that cater for their extreme functional impairment and/or very high support needs.
SDA does not refer to the individual support services (Supported Independent Living or SIL), but the homes in which the SIL Providers’ support are delivered. SDA funding is not intended to cover SIL Provider costs, which are funded separately by the NDIS. It is an adjusted contribution to the cost of the physical building, including the land it is on, designed to ensure that SDA Participants don’t have to pay more for their homes because of their disability.
To find out if you qualify for SDA within your NDIS plan you should talk to your local area coordinator or contact the NDIA.