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Thank you to all who attended the SDA Conference in Perth, 7th July 2022 

We extend a special thank you to all Speakers who travelled to WA to share their wealth of information to a full room of SDA Providers, Builders, Architects, Access Consultants, Property Developers and SIL Providers. 

We received an overwhelming feedback from those who attended. The event allowed plenty of time for questions, audience participation and many walked away better informed, updated and educated. 

Copies of presentations are available for those who attended.  



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

  • Factors influencing investment in the sector 

  • Investment Benefits and Pitfalls

  • Future Outlook

Lalia 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 

This presentation includes ;

  • Disability accommodation opportunities in the property sector

  • NDIS current state of play

  • Funded accommodation options for people with disabilities

Alison Mcleod  
Managing Director
InHab Australia 

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Tony Rutherford | Partner
Holding Redlich 

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Greg Barry 
Founder and Principal Consultant 

SDA Services 

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David Watson 
Director | Architect | SDA Assessor | NDIS Registered Provider 

ARCHR Design 

David Watson 
Director | Architect | SDA Assessor | NDIS Registered Provider 

ARCHR Design 

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

Tony will discuss ; 

Current SDA Landscape
Legal Framework 
SDA Funding Entitlement

Structuring your SDA development
The Basics
Contractual structures and risk allocation
Risk mitigation including interface and funding 

AAT Appeals Process and SDA
Requirements prior to AAT application
AAT process

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

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’

Challenges and Guidelines for NDIS home modifications

This presentation will discuss; 
•    Different types of home modifications (Adaptation, Minor, Complex) 
•    What is not covered under the NDIS
•    Approval process for CHM home modifications;  
a)    Plan approval
b)    Assessment
c)    Final steps

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