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Welcome to our resources page. We aim to provide tools and information that will allow you to learn more about the NDIS sector, and how you can participate in Special Disability Accommodation as a property investor, an owner-occupier, or source SDA as a provider or participant.

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Disabled Victorians forced to wait in hospital beds due to NDIS delays

Disabled Victorians forced to wait in hospital beds due to NDIS delays

May 19, 2022

The state government has revealed that more than 200 Victorians with a disability were stuck in hospital for an average of 160 days after they were well enough to be discharged, and blamed the hold-up on the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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The NDIS was a beacon of hope, now it’s this ‘dark, complex thing’

The NDIS was a beacon of hope, now it’s this ‘dark, complex thing’

May 17, 2022

Yes. I have finally done it. I have advocated enough, argued enough, presented enough evidence, gone through enough appeals and tribunals, that my severely disabled adult daughter will eventually get the support she needs under the National Disability Insurance Plan, the NDIS.

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‘I wanted my independence’: How Connor took on the NDIS and won

‘I wanted my independence’: How Connor took on the NDIS and won

April 30, 2022

Connor Brookhouse spent two years fighting the National Disability Insurance Agency for funding that would allow him to live independently.

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The extraordinary story behind Hireup

The extraordinary story behind Hireup

April 27, 2022

Growing up with a brother who required round-the-clock care gave Laura and Jordan O’Reilly unique insight into Australia’s disability support sector. They decided to change it for the better.

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Parliament passes important NDIS legislation to improve participant experience

Parliament passes important NDIS legislation to improve participant experience

March 31, 2022

Media release from the Minister

The Australian Government has today delivered the most significant improvements to participant experience since the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was established in 2013.

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the passage of the NDIS Amendment (Participant Service Guarantee and Other Measures) Bill 2021 will reduce red tape and increase flexibility for participants, their families and carers.

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Families in crisis after NDIS funding cuts to participants with autism and intellectual disabilities

Families in crisis after NDIS funding cuts to participants with autism and intellectual disabilities

Feb 11, 2022

When Karen McKenzie received an unexpected letter from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in August, she had to read it three times before it sank in.

Her son Jarrod, who has autism and severe intellectual disabilities, needs help to eat, get dressed and use the bathroom, but the NDIS funding that paid for his carers had been cut by more than half.

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NDIS is ‘life-changing’ but allocations and price gouging need fixing

NDIS is ‘life-changing’ but allocations and price gouging need fixing

Feb 6, 2022

The NDIS Annual Financial Sustainability Report Summary projects that the scheme will have 670,400 participants by July 2025 and 859,300 by July 2030. Total costs will be $29.2 billion in 2021-22, growing to $59.3 billion in 2029-30. In three years we will spend more on the NDIS than on Medicare.

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Why do women make up half the disability population but just over a third of NDIS recipients?

Why do women make up half the disability population but just over a third of NDIS recipients?

Feb 2, 2022

Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides individualised funding to nearly 500,000 Australians with disability.

Despite an even male-female split among under-65s with a disability (49 per cent female), only 37 per cent of NDIS participants are women and girls.

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Perth mother may have to quit work to care for autistic son after NDIS package cut by 70%

Perth mother may have to quit work to care for autistic son after NDIS package cut by 70%

Nov 27, 2021

A Perth mother fears she will have to quit her job to care for her autistic son after his national disability insurance scheme package was cut by about 70%, in the latest example of what the opposition is labelling “stealth” cuts to the program.

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Ryan's living life on his terms with funding from the NDIS

Ryan's living life on his terms with funding from the NDIS

Sep 15, 2020

Ryan Czernia is 31 years old, has completed a graphic design course and is now studying photography. Ryan was diagnosed at the age of three with Duchene muscular dystrophy and has achieved his goal of living independently with support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

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Independent assessors to make NDIS fair and consistent

Independent assessors to make NDIS fair and consistent

September 13, 2020

Government appoints independent assessors to make the NDIS ‘fair and consistent’

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Elise moves into a home of her own

Elise moves into a home of her own

September 10, 2020

Moving into your own home is a special milestone but for Elise Miller, it holds extra significance.

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New quarterly report brings exciting SDA Data

New quarterly report brings exciting SDA Data

September 4, 2020

The Fourth and final Quarterly report for the 2019/20 financial year has hit the stands and it brings with it some new and very welcome data about new SDA registrations across the country.

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Queenslanders with disabilities kept in hospital years longer than necessary due to lack of services

Queenslanders with disabilities kept in hospital years longer than necessary due to lack of services

September 2, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed cracks in the NDIS system that are leaving people with disabilities forced to stay in hospital for months or even years longer than necessary.

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Disability advocates welcome NDIS reforms to increase number of scheme participants

Disability advocates welcome NDIS reforms to increase number of scheme participants

August 28, 2020

Advocates are welcoming substantial changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which they believe will make the system quicker and easier to navigate.

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6 Tips Towards a Successful Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Property Development

6 Tips Towards a Successful Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Property Development

Aug 17, 2020

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a hot topic. Do the returns sound too good to be true? Have you considered it for your next development project? How do you manage the minefield of information?

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New disability housing giving people more options

New disability housing giving people more options

July 15, 2020

Quiet housing revolution slowly giving Australians with disabilities more options.

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NDIS purpose-built home for Ipswich Jets fan the 'ultimate goal' for independent living

NDIS purpose-built home for Ipswich Jets fan the 'ultimate goal' for independent living

June 22, 2020

It sounds like a simple thing for most of us — an independent life, living in a house that is set up for our purpose.
But that is not the case for thousands of people living with disabilities.

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Private sector flocks to specialist disability accommodation

Private sector flocks to specialist disability accommodation

March 26, 2020

The growing specialist disability accommodation sector is hampered by a lack of data about what types of housing are most needed and which locations are in most demand, according to the latest report into the sector.

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'Progress' made to get younger people out of nursing homes

'Progress' made to get younger people out of nursing homes

February 12, 2020

The National Disability Insurance Agency has flagged a new strategy to reduce the number of younger people in nursing homes, conceding more work is needed even as figures show a slight fall in the December quarter.

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What's happening in SDA Accom in 2020

What's happening in SDA Accom in 2020

February 10, 2020

We know we say this every year but 2020 is really shaping up to be a very busy year for the SDA market. This is welcome news for those who are looking for SDA housing but have yet to receive an outcome. 

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Steph’s left home and is enjoying living her own life

Steph’s left home and is enjoying living her own life

January 23, 2020

There is no doubt Caboolture resident Stephanie Dennison loves her parents but now, as a 29-year-old, she couldn’t be happier living her own independent life, in a share house with three other housemates who are all around her own age.

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The Specialist Disability Housing Market and How Developers Can Help: NDIS

The Specialist Disability Housing Market and How Developers Can Help: NDIS

November 21, 2018

Prompted by a Four Corners’ investigation into the aged care sector, news of an aged care royal commission rocked the industry in September, shining a much-needed light on damning reports of neglect and abuse in Australia’s nursing homes.

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'Brutal' life for young in aged care homes

'Brutal' life for young in aged care homes

September 8, 2019

Younger people should not be forced into a “brutal and wasted life” in nursing homes because they have nowhere else to go, a royal commission has been told.

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