The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has passed a new design standard for their participants’ Specialist Disability Accommodations on 21 October 2019.

The new design standard will be implemented on 1 July 2021 and is geared towards guiding architects and builders in building accommodations that are tailor-fit for the needs of NDIS participants with high needs.

Hopefully these guidelines will generate waves of change in the field of housing construction, making homes with assistive technology more accessible to Australians with disabilities.

What is a Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)?

Specialist Disability Accommodations are homes with support features needed by certain NDIS participants. Through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), people living with a high need disability can receive support to rent, purchase, or construct an SDA.

The New SDA Standard

The new SDA Standard was created through 6 months of comprehensive consultation with experts across a variety of sectors. This rigorous process resulted in minimum requirements for the following features:

  • Improved Liveability
  • Robust
  • Fully Accessible
  • High Physical Support
    • In addition to the minimum requirements, the clarity of the design requirements have also been improved to make it easier for providers to comply. This Standard is not retroactive and will take effect on 1 July 2021

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