Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is funded by the NDIS under SDA Rules (2016) which set out various design criteria.

The NDIS is not a welfare system. It is designed to help people get the support they need so their skills and independence improve over time.

The NDIS is a new way of doing things that gives participants the ability to choose and control the support they use to get involved in their community, workplace, and social life. Click here for more information.


The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will provide about 460,000 Australians aged under 65, who have permanent and significant disability with funding for support and services. Click here for more information.

NDIA Rolling out the NDIS

The NDIA makes decisions about whether someone is eligible to become an NDIS participant and, if so, how much funding they will receive. This is based on legislation called the NDIS Act 2013 which sets out what supports and services are considered reasonable and necessary for the NDIS to fund.

Our role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which will support a better life for hundreds of thousands of Australians with a significant and permanent disability and their families and carers.


  • Provides information and referrals, links to services and activities, individualised plans and where necessary, funded supports to people over a lifetime.
  • Helps empower and inform people with disability to be confident consumers.
  • Provides service providers with clarity and transparency so they can grow their business and respond to need.
  • Raises community awareness and encourages greater inclusion and access for people with disability to mainstream services, community activities and other government initiatives.

The NDIS launched in July 2013, after years of discussion about the need for a major reform of disability services in Australia. Click here for more information.

Specialist Disability Accommodation

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) refers to accommodation for people who require specialist housing solutions, including to assist with the delivery of supports that cater for their extreme functional impairment or very high support needs.

Funding is only provided to a small proportion of NDIS participants with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs who meet specific eligibility criteria. Click here for more information.

What is Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) funding?

SDA refers to a new form of capital funding for NDIS participants. SDA funding is intended for participants who require a specialist dwelling that reduces their need for person-to-person supports, or improves the efficiency of the delivery of person-to-person supports. SDA funding will only be provided for participants who meet the eligibility criteria. Participants who meet the eligibility criteria will have an extreme functional impairment and/or very high support needs.

SDA funding can only be paid to a provider that is registered with the NDIA and has an enrolled and compliant dwelling. This remains the case even where a participant has engaged a registered plan manager, or is self-managing their NDIS plan. SDA is funded under the NDIS through individual participant plans. Under the NDIS, eligible participants receive funding in their plan that they can then use to approach the market to find an enrolled dwelling that meets their needs.

SDA funding is for capital only (i.e. bricks and mortar) and is not for person-to-person supports. A participant may receive additional funding for these and other supports under the NDIS.

With their SDA funding, eligible participants can make their own decisions to find and enter into agreements with a suitable NDIS registered provider. This is consistent with the emphasis on participant choice and control across the NDIS.

SDA funding will create a marketplace for SDA. NDIS funding for SDA represents a substantial injection of funds for the sector. At full scheme, SDA funding is expected to total approximately $700 million per year. Over time, the NDIA expects SDA funding to attract investment and stimulate the development of new required dwellings.

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Find out your accommodation options when establishing your NDIS plan. Click here for more information.


Disability Accommodation Australia can assist with Disability Accommodation Options including SDA, Medium Term Accommodation and other Disability Accommodation options. Click here for more information.