Balancing Accessibility and Affordability: Navigating Concerns Surrounding SDA in the NDIS Housing Landscape

April 12, 2024

The introduction of SDA (Specialist Disability Accommodation) in the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) industry has raised concerns regarding the availability, suitability, and affordability of appropriate housing options for people with disabilities.

Supply and Demand Imbalance
There may be a shortage of suitable SDA properties compared to the demand, leading to limited housing options for NDIS participants. 
 
Cost
The cost of SDA properties can be significantly higher than traditional housing options, potentially making it unaffordable for some participants or requiring a significant portion of their NDIS funding. 
 
Quality and Standards
Ensuring that SDA properties meet the necessary accessibility and support requirements outlined in the NDIS SDA rules and standards is crucial. There are concerns about ensuring that the built environment is appropriate for the needs of people with disabilities. 
 
Choice and Control
Some stakeholders worry that the current SDA framework may limit participants’ choice and control over their housing options, as they may have limited say in where they live or the type of housing available to them. 
 
Market Oversight
There are concerns about the regulation and oversight of the SDA market to prevent exploitation, ensure transparency, and maintain quality standards. 
 
Overall, while SDA has the potential to significantly improve housing options for people with disabilities, addressing these concerns is essential to ensure that it effectively meets the needs of NDIS participants.