The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is transforming the way people with disability are supported in Australia. Within the NDIS’ $22 billion budget, there is around $700 million earmarked for building housing for people with disability.
The NDIS outlined its housing vision in a paper called NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Decision Paper on Pricing and Payments released on 1 June 2016.
The policy outlined in this paper is designed to provide funding to build housing for an additional 12,000 people with significant disability in Australia. Young people living in residential aged care are a high priority group to access these additional housing places.
After decades of underinvestment, governments have made the funding available to replicate and scale a range of innovative housing and support options like the Summer Housing apartments utilising the NDIS SDA payment stream.
SDA payments will be paid by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) directly to the SDA provider. The payment is included in each participant’s plan and is held in a trust-like arrangement on behalf of the participant. The value of payment is calculated based on the particular dwelling they choose to live in. The participant is in control of where they live and is able to choose a dwelling that is registered with the NDIA.