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Conference 8.00am -5.00pm 


Olympic Park Oval, Olympic Blvd, Melbourne


Non-NDISDA Members : $550pp

NDISDA Members : $500pp

Table of 8 : $4000

Networking only: $195pp

Breakout Session optional and included in price 

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

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Main Conference Topics

Program may be slightly amended *

Program *

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8.00am - 8.05am

Welcome and introductions 

Lynn Gabriel 

Founder and National Events & Research Program Director

SDA Conferences & Events 

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Understanding SDA Pricing Arrangements and Price limits 

Tony Rutherford 


Holding Redlich Lawyers 

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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  

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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
Capital growth vs Rental Yield - How to achieve both in NDIS Investment

Capital growth vs Rental Yield - How to achieve both in NDIS Investment

Damian McSweeney

Australian Consulting  

Property & Finance 

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Jeremy Thornton


Insurance Advisernet

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SDA Insurance : The facts about SDA Property Insurance and why a domestic Landlords Policy is not enough

Despite all the strict guidelines surrounding construction of Specialised Disability Accommodation, getting your NDIS SDA property insured correctly has been a difficult process.

Jeremy Thornton of Insurance Advisernet will talk you through the process and what to look for when protecting your investment -  whether it be Improved Liveability, Fully Accessible, Robust or High Physical Support

This presentation will help you understand what cover you need and what steps you should take to mitigate the risk with and without Insurance.

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 

Alecia Rathbone

Chief Social Enterprise Officer

The Housing Hub 

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Inplace Living

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

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Rapid Hospital Discharge Program – a collaborative, cross-sector approach to expedite discharge for patients with a disability from acute care settings to long term accommodation. The program removes the burden of responsibility for navigating both hospital discharge and the complexities of the NDIS, from the patient, their care team, Support Coordinator and Discharge Planner. 

Janine McDonald 

Chief Growth Officer


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Coral Gillett


Hopkins Centre

Griffith University 

 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. 

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Assistive Technology - Improving the lives of Participants in SDA Homes 

Chief Executive Officer, InteliCare

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Door Solutions for SDA Homes 

FAAC Australia 

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NDIS and Town Planning - Important upcoming changes to Victorian Planning Schemes - Impacts for SDA 

Tony Rutherford 


Holding Redlich Lawyers 

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Design and Design standards. ‘Compliance VS best practice’

  • Overnight Assistance - where they can be located

  • Breakout Rooms and the benefits

  • Assessing sites suitable for SDA and Developments

  • Passenger lifts in Multi-Storey Dwellings - are they permitted?

  • Door solutions and Design

Henry Sgourakis 



3.30pm - 5.00pm 
Exhibit or sponsor

Exhibit / Sponsor/ Present / Workshop facilitation   

Please see below opportunities to participate.

Email or call  1300 667 709

Sponsorships x 4 exc GST 

Silver Sponsor $3500 x 2

Includes exhibit space,10 minute presentation, and 3 conference tickets) 

Network Sponsor $1350 x 2

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

Satchel inserts only

$250 per brochure (100+ brochures) 

Exhibit space 

Exhibit 3x3m : $2,200 exc gst 

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

Trestle table only : $1100 exc Gst 

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

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The Venue 


Olympic Park Oval, Olympic Blvd, Melbourne

Hidden in plain sight on the doorstep to Melbourne’s CBD, The Glasshouse is an architectural masterpiece designed for events of any size and style.

With shining views across the Yarra River and surrounds, The Glasshouse makes a statement sitting within the heart of the Olympic Park Precinct — the largest sporting precinct in the world.

Perfectly positioned on the doorstep to Melbourne’s CBD; the venue has easy access parking. 


There’s a guest entrance into Glasshouse via Olympic Boulevard. 

The Eastern Plaza Carpark via entrance D on Olympic Boulevard (which is across the road from Glasshouse) is open for Public Parking. Parking is subject to space available and subject to the fee set by Melbourne & Olympic Parks. This is normally $7.50. We strongly recommend you pre book parking to avoid disappointment.

Alternatively, you may prefer to use the very reasonably priced metered parking on Alexandra Avenue and make the short walk over Swan Street bridge.

Trams from the city and surrounds are walking distance to The Glasshouse. 

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