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What is an SDA?

SDAs (Specialist Disability Accommodation) explained in plain English.


Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a physical ‘bricks and mortar’ building approved by the NDIA as eligible for SDA payments. It is for people who need daily in-home support for their very high physical support or safety needs.

SDA is the home a person lives in. It might be a house or apartment or unit or another type of building. It does not refer to other supports (e.g. personal care) that are provided by people or assistive technology (e.g. equipment). SDA is not free. It is specialist accessible housing for NDIS participants, who will need to pay rent to their landlord, just like everybody else.

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a physical ‘bricks and mortar’ building approved by the NDIA as eligible for SDA payments.

People usually share SDA with other participants, but the NDIS rules also allow for people to live in SDA by themselves or live in SDA with people without disability. For new buildings there may be no more than 5 people living in a single SDA dwelling.

SDA is NOT SIL

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is assistance you receive from paid support workers at home that helps you live as independently as possible. SIL includes physical supports like helping you get in and out of bed every day. It includes support for people who need help doing things by themselves. It includes keeping people safe.

SDA and SIL are different, they are funded separately in a participant’s plan. Separate funding gives people with disability more choice and control of over where they live and the services they use.

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