The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) introduced Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) as one of the key supports for individuals with “very high support needs or extreme functional impairment”.
SDA refers to those assets approved and funded by the NDIS to provide accommodation for individuals with a disability requiring specialist housing solutions.
Philosophically, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) takes the view that separating accommodation from support services is beneficial for the individual, giving greater choice and control in their lives. This also allows providers to specialise and provide higher quality services.
The creation of IHA mirrors the philosophy of the NDIA which supports separating accommodation from support services. The separation will benefit people with a disability by providing greater choice and control in their lives, and more accommodation options. It will also encourage greater accountability, clarity, specialisation and responsiveness from both accommodation and support service providers.