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Thank you to all who attended the Specialist Disability Conference ADELAIDE 

Wed 1st June 2022 
National Wine Centre, Adelaide
9.00am - 4.00pm

The event saw SIL Providers, SDA Providers, Valuers, Builders attend. We are most grateful to all who travelled from Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane to attend the event.


We extend our thanks to all Speakers  (see topics and details below), Leben Homes, Mrs Peggs, Workspace Commercial Furniture, Sana Living, Hafele for their support . 

Copies of presentations are available at no cost for all those who attended. Email us today for your copy, if you have not yet received this. 

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Adelaide Topics and presenter details 


Michelle Gegenhuber | Executive General Manager

Believe Housing Australia  

Beyond the Housing Crisis
A presentation considering the opportunities and the challenges in social, affordable and SDA housing in Adelaide. 
The unmet need and the essential elements required to support systemic change so everyone has a place to call home.

Lalia Burnet | National Director Health, Aged Care and Seniors Living

M3 Property

The State of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in Australia to include;  
•    Factors influencing investment in the sector
•    Investment Benefits and Pitfalls
•    Future Outlook

Tony Rutherford | Partner 

Holding Redlich 

Understand the type of contracts  required to develop and operate an SDA Property under the NDIS 


Alison Mcleod  | Managing Director

InHab Australia 

Opportunities available for the property sector to deliver accommodation for NDIS and SDA participants 

Anna Ashenden | Principal 

Social Ventures Australia (SVA) 

Measuring the impact of housing – the Disability Housing Outcomes Framework

Disability housing is changing, with customers having more choice and higher expectations. Providers, both SIL and SDA, need to be able to demonstrate their impact. Yet it’s hard to know what good looks like and challenging to compare between providers. To address this, a coalition of stakeholders from across the sector including people with disability and SIL and SDA providers have co-developed a way to measure the impact of housing on people with disability.

The Disability Housing Outcomes Framework ( is a practical, person-centred approach to understanding what is working (and not working) in disability housing. It is already in use across the sector in providers both large and small. 

In this session, Sam will outline:
•    How you can measure the impact you’re creating
•    How to implement the Disability Housing Outcomes Framework
•    The outcomes we’re already seeing from providers using the tool


Greg Barry 

SDA Services 

SDA eligibility, participant preferences and recent review and appeal outcomes.

•    The 2 SDA Eligibility criteria – what they have in common – what distinguishes them – examples
•    The SDA needs requirement – how it works

Preferences and recent outcomes
•    Participants’ preferences as to building types – which includes living arrangements preferences – numbers of bedrooms etc. 
•    What weight attaches to preferences?
•    What’s happening around this? Recent AAT decisions.
•    Preferences and the Article 19 of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
David Watson
Director | Architect | SDA Assessor | NDIS Registered Provider 
ArchR Design 

David will present on the following

Reaching Beyond the Standards – Understanding the disparity between Local Planning Codes, National Construction Code and the SDA Design Standards and how to navigate the landscape to develop high quality SDA.


Currently Local Planning Codes do not have the flexibility and understanding to handle Multi-residential SDA Developments. These are not Residential Care facilities, Community Residences or Respite centres. There needs to be a mechanism that will permit council approval while also allowing ownership of apartments/ townhouses/ duplex.


Compliance with National Construction Code is not always simple either, items such as ‘flush thresholds’ require performances solutions to deviate from the acceptable solutions under the NCC. Not to mention the mandates from Private Certifiers/Surveyors to develop Multi-Residential SDA under Class 3 to mitigate fire evacuation risks.


In this session, David will discuss:

  • Common misconceptions around multi-residential SDS and town planning schemes

  • Performances solutions around SDA Design Standards and the National Construction Code

  • What in this market is considered ‘Industry Best Practice’

John Moulang | Associate and Senior Access Consultant 

Morris Goding Access Consultants

John will present on the following


1.Before Engaging an SDA Assessor          

2.Essentials for an SDA Assessor Brief

3.Design (Preliminary) - Check, Certify + Register

4.Final-As-Built - Check, Certify + Register

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