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What is specialist disability accommodation?

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a range of housing designed for people with extreme functional impairment or very high needs. SDA homes are constructed to be more accessible for you. They enable better or safer delivery of other supports you may need.

SDA aims to make accessing supports easier. For example, you might need a home with reinforced ceilings so you can get a ceiling hoist installed. Find out more about SDA through NDIS.

Our homes have 4 to 5 bedrooms. You will have your own room en suite bathroom and private lounge plus a shared kitchen, living area and laundry. You will be matched with people of about your age and similar interests. Plus the support of Challenge Disability Services experienced and trained staff, with skills in:

  • First Aid
  • Personal care
  • Social inclusion
  • Medical and day-to-day needs such as banking, attending appointments, preparing meals, washing, cleaning and shopping.

To find out whether SDA will suit your needs, enquire today.

Learn skills and make friends in a safe place​

Challenge Community Services provides safe, supportive homes for people living with high support needs. Our goal is to help you learn to live independently within a shared home, learn life skills make new friends and share in everyday experiences.

If you have a disability and you are unable to live independently, Supported Independent Living (SIL) could be the right choice for you.

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SDA housing coming soon - Expressions of interest

Challenge Disability Services has residential homes around NSW and South East QLD, and are quickly expanding with more. 

We are current taking expressions of interest for new SDA builds for the below locations:

  • Port Macquarie
  • Cessnock

NDIS support

SDA funding is paid directly by the NDIA to SDA providers. SDA funding is for the cost of the home or building you live in. You will usually still need to pay rent or other personal costs to live in SDA. The services or support you might get in that home are not included in your SDA funding.

If you don’t have SDA funding in your NDIS Plan, you’ll need to go through the NDIA’s Informing Housing Solutions process to be approved for SDA funding and support.

What type of SDA funding can I access?

When a participant is eligible for SDA the NDIA will provide that participant with an amount of funding. The NDIA considers the participant’s goals and preferences and calculates the amount of SDA funding based on:

  • Design category – determined by the participant’s support needs
  • Dwelling type – determined by both the goals and needs of the participant to achieve those goals
  • Location – determined by both the goals and needs of the participant, and which represents value for money.

The participant can then use that funding to find a dwelling to move into that is consistent with their goals and support needs. SDA funding is provided to a participant, not a dwelling, and a participant can move from one dwelling to another.

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