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9th Nov 2023 

Thank you to all who travelled interstate to attend this event.

We thank all local Specialist Disability Accommodation Builders, Providers and stakeholdres who attended and all our Sponsors and Speakers who contributed their wealth of informaton and expertise at this event 

Please  see below some great pics from the event


The Specialist Disability Accommodation Conference for 2023
"Industry and Community"  


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Welcome and introductions 

Lynn Gabriel 

Founder and

National Events & Program Director

SDA Conferences & Events 

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The Final Report - SDA Pricing Review and what this means for SDA stakeholders 

Tony Rutherford 


DLA Piper 

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Craig Guinane

NICISA Valuers

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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

NDIS Investment Loans


The challenges of approvals, finding SDA tenants and the costs, risks and what Lenders are looking for. 

Paul Grant

Axis Lending 

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Debbie Kindness

General Manager

NDIS Property Australia  

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

Short term and Medium term Accommodation  

This presentation will discuss  Short-Term Accommodation and Medium-Term Accommodation, and how they fit into the SDA space.
What Short-Term Accommodation and Medium-Term Accommodation funding is for, and why it is important to understand how it can be a part of an SDA investment strategy.

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Demand for Specialist Disability Accommodation: consumer needs and preferences.

  • Data available on SDA for both demand and supply

  • Identifying tenants for SDA dwellings

  • Eligibility for SDA funding and the processes

  • Understanding customers' needs 

Melody Carbarns

Services Manager

Housing Hub 

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Dan Acfield 


Funding challenges and process  

  • Conflict between what participants want and NDIA wants to pay for

  • Conflict between core supports funding (e.g. SIL) and SDA funding

  • Appendix G

  • Why obtaining SDA funding can be a long and challenging process

Challenges relating to finding SDA participants and filling SDA vacancie

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

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SDA Insurance.

Understand the difference between landlord and SDA Home insurance 


Indemnity Insurance

SDA Home Insurance

Wheelchair, equipment insurance 

Jeremy Thornton

Insurance Advisernet 

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Daniel Pilbrow


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Assistive Technology - improving the lives of participants in SDA homes 


Assessing suitable sites for SDA developments

SDA – Compliance versus Best Practice”

Lift requirements

OOA requirements

Break out areas

Door solutions + design

Bill Katsabis CBG Architects 
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Jeremy Soden 
Forward Access 
Director and Access Consultant 


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


The Venue 








Set on absolute water frontage and close to Salamanca and the city centre, Wrest Point is the luxury viewing deck for Hobart’s many charms. Overlooking the tranquil River Derwent and stately kunanyi/Mount Wellington, the Wrest Point tower is Tasmania’s tallest building and is home to the renowned Point Revolving restaurant.

How to get there

There is a direct bus departing from Hobart Interchange, Elizabeth St, Stop D3 and arriving at Stop 11, No.410 Sandy Bay Rd. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 min.

The distance between Hobart and Wrest Point Hotel Casino is 3 km.


The distance between Wrest Point Hotel Casino and Hobart Airport (HBA) is 15 km. The road distance is 21.2 km.

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