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Arrival 8.30am for a 9.00am start

Finish  4.00PM 

Networking 5.00pm -  6.30PM at the 


267 Grey Street, South Brisbane QLD 


Non-NDISDA Members : $495pp

NDISDA Members : $435pp

Table of 8 available 

Includes Morning tea, Lunch and;  networking following the event at the Emporium Hotel, South Bank foyer  

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Main Conference Topics

Program may be slightly amended *

Program *

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Welcome and introductions 

Lynn Gabriel 

Founder and National Events & Research Program Director

SDA Conferences & Events 

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Professor Christine Bigby

Director,Living with a Disability ResCt

LaTrobe University, Melbourne 

Outcomes of the NDIS Inquiry Report  into Aspects of Supported Accommodation and SIL workers

During 2021 and 2022, the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission undertook an Own Motion Inquiry (the Inquiry) focused on the experiences of NDIS participants living in supported accommodation to better understand the challenges faced by participants in living in these settings and providers in creating environments that support participants’ disability needs, while providing a sense of home.

One of the key aims of this Inquiry was to identify models of best practice for the delivery of supported accommodation that can inform the NDIS Commission’s capacity building work with providers, and the development of relevant practice standards and quality indicators.


This component of the Inquiry has been delivered through a literature review conducted by a body with expertise in researching models of best practice and supported accommodation for people with disability

Hear directly from Professor Christine Bigby on the outcomes, findings and observations of the report ​ 

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Financial Risks, Social Risks, Location Factors, SDA Market development and returns on SDA Investment. 

Valuations of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) & NDIS, - realistic factors, the challenges and hurdles -  SDA outlook in 2023

Craig Guinane

NICISA Valuers

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Debbie Kindness

General Manager

NDIS Property Australia 

(Diamond Member)  

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What to understand before embarking on an SDA property investment
- The importance of the SDA provider and understanding supply and demand
- Build costs
- Feasibilities and realistic returns of an SDA investment property
- Other challenges

SDA Insurance

  • Commercial Vs Domestic Insurance and

  • What is considered Malicious Damage.

This presentation will help you understand what cover you need and what steps you should take to mitigate the risk

Julie Saric 

LHB Insurance 

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Tanya Gomez


Tanya Gomez Consulting 

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Dan Acfield 

SDA Provider and DIrector


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Coral Gillett


Hopkins Centre

Griffith University 

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Sailing through your NDIS audit with ease


The "Sailing through your NDIS audit with ease" presentation is designed for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) providers who are preparing for an NDIS audit. The presentation covers practical tips and advice on how to simplify your registration groups, identify relevant standards, and develop a plan of action to address any gaps in your organisation's compliance.


You'll also learn how to involve staff and participants in the preparation process, organise evidence for the auditor, and take control of the audit process. The session includes real-world examples of successful audit preparation to help you get your organisation audit-ready with ease.

Challenges relating to finding SDA Participants
and; Challenges relating to filling SDA vacancies 

Separation of housing and care ; why participants need choice and control over their care and should be able to change providers and support workers at their discretion 


Value for Money vs a Participant's right to not share with another

Discussion,  outcomes, appeals and impacts    

Recent research into the Home Modification process

Home modifications for people with disabilities promote their independence and safety and increase their health-related quality-of-life. However, the process of undertaking home modifications can involve many hurdles and setbacks, be time-consuming, and leave clients feeling that they are not in control of the changes to their own home. Coral Gillett, a researcher at the Hopkins Centre (Griffith University) will give an overview of two projects that are currently underway: Valuing Home Modifications and Home to Hospital  

Valuing Home modifications:
A two-phase project that interviewed different stakeholders in the home modification process to better understand how the concepts of value and value for money are understood and operationalised in home modification practice in Australia. Phase one involved interviews with Occupational Therapists, and phase two involved interviews with end-users (home modification clients). The key findings of both phases will be presented and discussed. 

Home to Hospital: 

The Home to Hospital project proposes the development of a tool to support the home modification process by documenting the existing home environment and virtually bringing the patient’s home into the hospital setting. This will allow patients to interact with therapists in a virtual version of their own home environment in order to design the home modification intervention collaboratively. Home to Hospital is a collaborative project between HabITec (a Hopkins Centre flagship) and Metro South Health Spinal Injuries Unit, which aims to provide a virtual environment for patients and therapists to assess, problem-solve and design the modifications required to the patient’s home environment prior to discharge from inpatient care. 

Assistive Technology - Improving the lives of Participants in SDA Homes 

Speaker sponsor space available 

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Chris Goodman

FAAC Australia 

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Jeremy Soden


Forward Access 

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Aaron Stowe

Manager, Architecture & Project Management

Architecture & Access (Aust) Pty Ltd

Door Solutions for SDA Homes 

Upcoming changes in the NCC – Changes to the NCC and the NCC and the implementation of the Livable Housing Standard

This presentation will discuss ; 

  • How will the new changes impact SDA buildings –

  • How will the new livable housing standard affect the housing stock in Australia – Benefits of accessible features within dwellings

  • SDA application and approval process – General process from application for design approval to issuing the as built certificate

  • Case studies  – Best practice and common non-compliances

Robust SDA – a client centred approach: design and specification to meet the needs of participants.


A client centred approach is the key to successful outcomes for participants who reside in SDA Robust homes. A home that responds to the individual needs reduces the likelihood of reactive maintenance and reduces risk to the individual. Stakeholder engagement, design reviews, considered planning, and careful selection of materials, fixtures and fittings are essential.


Drawing on experience designing Robust projects the presentation will share lessons learnt and the development and implementation of our People First Approach.

Exhibit or sponsor

Exhibit / Sponsor/ Present / Workshop facilitation   

Please see below opportunities to participate.

Email or call  1300 667 709

Sponsorships  exc GST 

Silver Sponsor  SOLD $3300 x 1

Includes exhibit space ,20 minute presentation, and 3 conference tickets) 

Bronze Sponsor $2200 x 3 

Includes 10min presentation, 1.8m trestle table display with pull up banner space and 2 conference tickets, 

Network Sponsor $1350 x 2

Includes 2 tickets to a networking event, banner space, and satchel inserts and 5 min presentation 

Satchel inserts only

$250 per brochure (100+ brochures) 

Exhibit space 


Trestle table only : $950exc Gst 

1.8m trestle table for product & brochure display, pull up banner space only : includes 1 ticket 


Exhibit 3x3m : $1500 exc gst 

Includes trestle table (1.8m) , banner space and 2 complimentary tickets 

Satchel inserts


Place your brochure into the Event Conference bag for only $250 exc gst


The Venue 


267 Grey Street, South Brisbane QLD 

Emporium Hotel South Bank is ideally located on the edge of Brisbane’s sub-tropical playground, South Bank, a 10-minute stroll to the arts and cultural precinct of QPAC, GOMA, QAG, Queensland Museum and State Library of Queensland and 15 mins walk to the CBD.


Valet, carparking and loading dock are accessible via 35 Tribune St, South Bank.

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