Specialists Disability Accommodation 2020 National Seminars 

Perth - Darwin - Sydney- Brisbane- Melbourne-Hobart - Adelaide - Cairns 
Book the Early Bird today ..........

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), soon to be spending more than $20,000 Million per annum on disability services for over 460,000 people across Australia, is creating huge opportunities (and challenges) for housing development. 

This includes but extends beyond the development of an additional 14,000 places of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) that is being commercially and recurrently funded by the NDIS.

Seminar attendees will be introduced and provided with the knowledge on how to successfully specialist disability accommodation for People with a Disability to assist them to allow them to be a part of society as a whole.

Who should attend? 

  • Architects Building Surveyors - Investors-Investment advisors- Developers-Supported Independent Living Providers- Builders- Law firms- Design Managers 

Space is  limited.......don't delay and book today  .

CPD Certificates of Attendance provided for Building Professionals (up to 7 formal CPD points ) 

8.30am - 4.30pm 

Corporate Hospitality : Tables of 7 are available. Please email us to book a table of 7 adebhealthandaged@jazcorpaustralia.com.au 

Individual tickets available 


On 28th October 2019, Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert, released the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Design Standard - landmark guidelines that will spur a new era of housing construction and enhancement for Australians with disability. The SDA Design Standard will guide architects, builders and the community as they look for new and better ways to build specialist housing for people with disability.

These guidelines, released together with the SDA Innovation Plan and the Limited Cost Assumptions Review, put participants at the centre of the design approach. They will make it easier for eligible participants to access high quality specialist disability housing, while also providing much-needed certainty to the market. 

When the SDA market reaches full coverage the NDIS is expected to assist 28,000 Australians with disability through SDA - representing 6.1 per cent of NDIS participants. It is anticipated the total annual payments for SDA is expected to be approximately $700m per year.


By providing clarity for housing design requirements and introducing a process for pre-certification at the planning stage, this initiative will stimulate further growth in construction and development of SDA.

The certification process will, over time, become mandatory in order for a new build dwelling to meet the criteria for enrolment as SDA.

The SDA Innovation Plan outlines how the NDIA will encourage participants and providers to develop innovative designs and the Limited Cost Assumption Review has seen increased prices in the SDA Price Guide for some location and design categories to further stimulate supply in response to participant demand. 

The Limited Cost Assumption Review has resulted in an:

increase in the location factors for the locations of Sydney (City and Inner South, Eastern Suburbs and Inner West and in Melbourne (Inner East, Outer East and South East) by between four per cent and 10.5 per cent depending on location and type of building
increase in the construction cost assumptions for Fully Accessible and Robust dwellings by 16.0 per cent and 14.0 per cent, respectively, to stimulate supply.


Joseph Connellan 

Session 1 

Session 1 

  • NDIS Housing Landscape 

  • Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)  Overview and Roles

  • Collaboration with Supported Independent Living (SIL) providers

  • SDA Price and Payment  

  • SDA Current State of Play and Trends   

  • SDA Reviews and the Innovation Plan

  • SDA Demand

  • Key SDA players 

Bruce Bromley 

Session 2 

•    Occupant profile
•    SDA features
•    Why Robust been excluded from the design standards

Understanding building types
o    Apartments
o    Villas, duplexes and townhouses
o    Houses
o    Group homes

 How SDA categories relate to the Building Code of Australia

 Building classifications and their triggers
•    Site selection
•    Site density

Bruce Bromley 

Session 2 

Understanding the SDA Categories (features explained )Improved livability

Improved livability
•    Occupant profile
•    SDA features

 Fully accessible
•    Occupant profile
•    SDA features

High physical support
•    Occupant profile
•    SDA features

Bruce Bromley 

Session 2 

Minimum features required to achieve SDA certification

Steps to achieve certification

  • Is town planning or a development application required?

o    Building Code of Australia
o    Australian Standard AS1428.1
•    Building certification

 Fire safety
o    Sprinklers and sprinkler allowance
o    Fire compartmentation
o    Smoke alarms

•    Home automation
•    Power backup
•    As-built inspections

Seminar Dates 

Perth:  5 Feb 2020

Darwin:  7 Feb 2020

Sydney :18th Mar 2020 

Brisbane : 20th Mar 2020   

Melbourne :31st Mar 2020 

Hobart : 2 April 2020 

Adelaide : 12 May 2020 

Canberra: 15 May 2020 

Cairns: 28 May 2020 

1300 667 709