Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is housing designed for people with extreme functional impairment or very high needs. It aims to make accessing supports easier.

You can apply to rent an apartment if:

  • You are aged between 18 and 64
  • You use a wheelchair
  • You are an NDIS participant or are waiting to be one
  • You need special features like a modified bathroom and ceiling hoist in your home
  • You need at least 6 hours support a day from another person
  • You can spend time alone, but you need back-up support to be available all the time
  • You have, or are likely to have, SDA funding in your NDIS plan at High Physical Support level

Living in the apartment will mean you can be more independent to:

  • Have family and friends visit
  • Do things in the community
  • Work or study
  • Learn skills like cooking and paying bills
  • Do more hobbies

Renting your own apartment will mean:

  • You will live near other tenants
  • You will have to share lifts, the car park and foyers

Who will provide support?

Offering the chance for people with complex support needs to live independently and maximise choice means that a range of different organisations will be involved in providing supports. Tenants will require enough daily, individual planned support, as well as access to the 24-hour on-site shared support to live in their apartments safely.

Tenants can call for assistance from the support provider as required using communication devices, thereby allowing them to maintain independence and privacy.

Tenant choose their own support provider for daily 1:1 support for things like personal care and household tasks but the 24-hour on-site shared support will be provided by one SIL provider. Tenants will help choose this provider and this planned support will come through the tenant’s core budget.

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