e-Blast: More choice and flexibility with Specialist Disability Accommodation

On 18 June 2020, Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert, announced increased flexibility and choice in living arrangements for NDIS participants who have Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in their plans.

SDA rules have been changed so that couples can share a bedroom if they wish, and children will be able to share a room with their parent or siblings.

QDN has long advocated for people with disability to have independence and choice about where and with whom they live and welcomes improvements to the delivery of SDA.

Housing is fundamental to people’s quality of life and has been the subject of a number of policy submissions and focussed advocacy by QDN.

This recognition brings increased opportunity under the scheme for people with disability to live independently with their families and for social inclusion in their local community.

This change comes in addition to the new SDA Design Standard and SDA Innovation Plan – these are all elements of broader SDA Framework Reforms by the NDIA to encourage innovation in the development of specialist housing solutions.

QDN will update when further detail is released by the NDIA from 30 June – see Minister Robert’s announcement here and more information on the NDIS website here.