The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is jointly governed and funded by the Federal and participating state and territory Governments through the Disability Reform Council and COAG. It provides a framework to ensure that individuals with disabilities have their support and service needs met and are able to have greater independence and participation in the broader community.
In preparation for the NDIS in 2011, the Productivity Commission estimated the number of people requiring SDA at 28,000 people. Of these, just 16,000 people were in SDA-like accommodation. The remaining 12,000 people were either in aged care or other unsuitable options.
An increase of 12,000 participants requiring SDA is equal to 75% growth to meet the market demand forecast by the Productivity Commission. Existing providers, mainly state governments and NGOs, cannot meet this demand.
IHA has been established to encourage investment into Specialist Disability Accommodation; to improve the options, quality and availability of housing under the NDIS.