June 3, 2016

We are excited to see the release of the NDIA’s Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Decision Paper on Pricing and Payments.


This policy is designed to increase the long-term supply of housing for NDIS participants and foster the development of innovative housing solutions.

These payments are designed to pay for the cost of NDIS housing for 28,000 NDIS participants with high support needs. Housing payment rates set by the NDIA cover the high development and ongoing maintenance costs required by people with disability. After decades of underinvestment, governments have now made the funding available to replicate and scale a range of innovative housing and support options, like the Summer Foundation apartments.

The NDIA hopes to facilitate the development of new housing for over 12,000 people with disability in the next ten years. However, the housing payments are only for NDIS participants with the most significant levels of disability. There will still be an estimated 35,000-55,000 NDIS participants with unmet housing needs. Getting the NDIS SDA payment and policy right will provide a unique opportunity to trial some innovative, transformative financing models that could be used to fund social housing for other disadvantaged people including a broader group of people with disability.

For people with the highest levels of disability, the NDIS housing payment will bridge the gap between what people with disability can reasonably afford and the cost of building highly accessible housing. This policy lays the foundation for developing the range and scale of housing needed to resolve the issue of young people in nursing homes in Australia.

The funding stream provided through the NDIS SDA payments will enable us to partner with developers and community housing providers to replicate and scale our model of housing and support for young people in nursing homes throughout Australia. Watch our housing showcase video to find out more about this housing model.


Read more at https://www.summerfoundation.org.au/sda-payments/

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