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Thank you to all who attended the Brisbane SDA Conference
29th April 22 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Springhill 

The event was well attended by local and interstate Property Developers, Builders, SDA Providers, SIL Providers

We received overwhelming positive feedback from delegates who enjoyed a  high level of interaction and engagement from Speakers and Industry professionals . The event was designed to ensure all remained engaged, updated, informed and connected and many walked away with much more than they anticipated. 

We extend a special thank you to Sponsors UPS Solutions, Hafele, and to all Speakers and Delegates who travelled interstate to join us 

For those who attended, please click here to order your recorded presentation PDF's (voice over the presentations) 

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Recorded presentations 
For delegates who attended : To purchase a record presentation copy (voice over presentations), the cost is $75 exc gst per recording/topicss of how many you prefer (eg, one presentation is $65,  2 presentations are $65, all presentations are $65)
Copies are per person only and are available for up to 7 days from purchase. 
Email to purchase a recorded presentation copy  or click on the form below to order 

We thank the following PRESENTERS : 

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Dr Grace Bitner

Research Fellow

PhD, B.Blt.Env., B.Arts, RAIA Affilliate (Lvl 2)


The Hopkins Centre Menzies Health Institute Qld 

Griffith University 

Specialist Disability Accommodation Landscape in Queensland 
and Interrelationships between different market factors and forces.  
The Disability Accommodation Landscape in Queensland project has been working to produce a detailed portrait of the Specialist Disability Accommodation marketplace in Queensland.  
The main project aim has been to better understand how the marketplace is currently functioning, and the major challenges, and opportunities it faces.  
The first quantitative stage of this mixed-methods project utilised NDIA data sets to paint a comprehensive picture of the current diversity, quantity, and geographical distribution of SDA in Queensland.  The second qualitative phase collected, and analysed, data from in-depth interviews conducted with SDA providers and other stakeholders across the state.  This qualitative data helped provide greater context, and understanding of, the quantitative data - yielding valuable insights.  

In addition to the comprehensive report produced, the project has generated an explanatory theory around the interrelationships between different market factors and forces.  

The findings from the project, not only highlight a wide range of challenges that the sector is currently facing but equally importantly, draw attention to future opportunities for more effective functioning and growth in the marketplace.   
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Greg Barry

SDA Services

Founder and Principal Consultant

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
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NDIS Scheme and SDA Assessments, SDA Classifications, Challenges and Responsibilities of Developers, Investors, Design and Build Professionals 

Francis Lenny

DDA Consult

  • NDIS scheme – where is SDA assessment placed within the scheme

  • Knowledge Different responsibilities for all stakeholders 

  • Minimum knowledge, project status + commercial reality – developers / investors, design & build professionals. Developer / investor to determine what is built in terms of house / villa etc. + design to which category. Different responsibilities of all Stakeholders

  • Critical – dwelling Classification, remit of Building certifier, not SDA assessor

  • Project management; when & how items need to be assessed, including design team involvement

  • Stages of design assessment. 1 schematic design, 2 issued for construction package & level of detail needed for each stage

  • Common pitfalls during construction. ‘nearly is not good enough’. Examples WC set out & sliding doors, location of d-pull handles

  • A-Z assessment, inspection, & NDIS  assessor registration process (care, does not constitute enrolment) summary


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


Tony Rutherford 


Holding Redlich

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Harry Mitchell

Development Manager

Vera Living 

Assisted Technlogy in SDA 

Assistive Technology brings immense benefits to residents in any SDA property, not only through its promise of increasing each resident’s independence, but also in its ability to assist in the delivery of in-home services more effectively. Automated doors, automated blinds, touch/voice activated appliances, dynamic lighting and high speed internet are among the many applications of technology which can be implemented in a build. The key is in selecting which specific features will benefit the participant who will be moving in: nuances which can be narrowed down through co-design and engagement with the participants looking to move into the property.

This presentation will discuss the benefits and responsibilities for; 

- SDA Providers

- SIL Providers

- Participants 


The State of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in Australia to include; 

  • Factors influencing investment in the sector 

  • Investment Benefits and Pitfalls

  • Future Outlook

Laila Burnet National Director Health, Aged Care and Seniors Living

M3 Property 



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

Alison McLeod

InHab Australia 


David Norris 

Occupational Therapist and International Speaker 

Inclusive and Accessible homes for all : Emerging SDA opportunities for people living with multiple chemical sensitivities

The Australian Disability Strategy 2021 - 2031 commits to “increasing the number of accessible, affordable and well-designed homes and creating a community that is inclusive and accessible” and builds on the former action agenda of “fully inclusive Australian society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal members of the community”

For participants living with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (M.C.S) the human rights embedded in the strategy aren’t presently available to them in the SDA marketplace.

M.C.S. describes a condition presenting as a complex array of symptoms linked to low level exposure to chemicals. The threat of continued exposures to the pathological chemical envirome* causes disabling adverse health events as well as sustained and declining function. In the most severe cases, chemical exposures have life threatening, disabling and fatal consequences.

A 2018 study on the Prevalence and Effects of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity in Australia reports that M.C.S. affects 1 million adults, that’s 6.5% of the national population (Steinemann,2018). 

A consistent lack of disability access has been well document for those with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) in the areas of ; 
1.    Access to NDIS and access to disability supports and services 
2.    Affordable and safe housing for those with MCS (Martin, 2020)

This presentation will outline principles, examples, and a working model for SDA design to achieve a better environmental access for participants living with M.C.S. The goal is to inspire you to pursue new SDA opportunities and improve your understanding of M.C.S. participant needs in retrofitted or new builds.

*"Envirome" is defined as the total set of environmental factors, both present, and past, that affect the state, and in particular the disease state, of an organism.


Anna Ashenden


Social Ventures Australia 

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

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