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.
SMSFs should consider NDIS properties
Oct 7, 2022
SMSF trustees can expand their outlook and consider different types of residential property offering solid returns to include in their portfolios, such as those associated with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), but need to be cautious in doing so, a specialist service provider has said.
Not just ramps and doorways – disability housing is about choosing where, how and who you live with
July 12, 2022
Home ownership among young people is falling sharply, while renters face worrying insecurity. Nowhere is this more pronounced than for the 4.4 million Australians living with a disability and, in particular, the 660,000 plus Australians with an intellectual disability.
NDIS Minister vows to help clear hospital 'bed block', reveals looming budget underspend
June 22, 2022
The feasibility of moving NDIS participants from hospital into housing within 30 days is set to be examined, as the minister in charge of the scheme vows to help clear the “bed block” plaguing state and territory health systems.
‘Not for newbies’: NDIS housing can be profitable
June 13, 2022
The specialist disability accommodation [SDA] market is tipped for substantial growth, driven by limited supply and high demand plus promises of increased government funding in the sector.
But while SDA housing assets can offer profitable margins, there can be unexpected complexities, costs and risks that investors should be aware of, experts warn.
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.
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.
One-size-fits-all model of accessible housing ‘a disaster’ for Australians with disability
May 3, 2022
Elijah Armstrong’s wheelchair is 76cm wide. The doorways at the rental home he shares with his family are 78cm wide.
“Every time he goes through a door I think: ‘is he alright getting through the door? Can he make it?’” his mother, Grace Dlabik, says.
‘It’s shown me how independent I can be’ – housing designed for people with disabilities reduces the help needed
May 2, 2022
The federal government has been warning that the rising cost of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is unsustainable. More than a third of NDIS funding is spent on in-house support provided to 5% of NDIS participants with the highest needs.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Independent assessors to make NDIS fair and consistent
September 13, 2020
Government appoints independent assessors to make the NDIS ‘fair and consistent’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
New disability housing giving people more options
July 15, 2020
Quiet housing revolution slowly giving Australians with disabilities more options.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
'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.
NDIS needs the market to help make up at least 60% shortfall in specialist disability housing
March 20, 2018
Funding for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is expected to support 28,000 people, 6% of all NDIS participants. However, the NDIS has provided limited information about the demand for this specialist housing. Now a newly published study has found the existing supply of SDA needs to grow by 60% to house the 28,000 people the NDIS expects to fund.
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