Are you being challenged in finding your client SDA accommodation and getting SDA into their NDIS plans?  You’re not alone.

Securing SDA in the plan and then finding a home can be complex and difficult, that’s why we’ve put together an information pack to help you get started in securing SDA and a place your client can call home.  Get our guide to SDA eligibility and assessments. 


A new kind of independent living

Over 30,000 Australian’s with very complex needs require very specialist accommodation.  Many are younger people who want to experience the independence of their own home, with the support they require.

Yet many of these people are in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, inappropriate accommodation or being cared for at home by aging families and carers. 

Even when they want to find specialist independent accommodation, the SDA is complex and lengthy with little support and expertise to secure their place to all home. 

It’s time for change.  


Identifying Eligibility for Specialist Disability Accommodation.

Often the first question we are asked is how do I know if my client is eligible for SDA?  There are some straightforward questions you need to answer to identify if they are eligible for SDA in their plans. 

Step 1:  What are the NDIS goals for housing?

Check if your client’s NDIS goals include housing, or a goal to live in a different home where they can increase their independence and if the NDIS have approved funding.  If not, check their eligibility.

Step 2: Identify their type of eligibility.

There are two main categories of eligibility to achieve SDA in your plans.         
1. Extreme Functional Impairment – this is defined as people with an intellectual disability or cognitive impairment who have no (or very low) physical support needs will not be eligible.

The NDIS participants who get SDA approved in their NDIS plans are generally people who, even with appropriate home modifications and/or assistive technologies, still need a high level of in-home support from a paid worker with daily activities such as:

  • Getting in and out of bed
  • Getting dressed
  • Moving around
  • Preparing meals
  • Accessing the community

2. High Support Needs – this is can mean:

  • That your ‘informal supports’ (people who help you but don’t get paid for their help; often family or friends) can’t meet your personal care needs
  • You have spent a long time in a group home or residential aged care (this includes people who already live in Shared Supported Accommodation / Group Homes / young people living in nursing homes etc.)
  • You use behaviours that pose a risk to yourself or others.

Step 3:  Complete the assessments to prove eligibility for funding.

This is the hardest part of the process to navigate.

The NDIS requirements are quite detailed. There are several assessments required. These can include:

  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL) assessment
  • General Living Skills or Functional Capacity assessment
  • Balance and Mobility assessment (as part of the Functional Capacity Assessment)
  • AT and home modifications, including current and proposed needs as they relate to new housing options
  • Sensory assessment (autism and intellectual disability)
  • Behaviour Support assessment (in conjunction with psychologist).

ILV can provide you with a needs assessment template and advice on how to get these completed.

You can register for a support coordinator guide and information pack here.