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Thank you to all who attended the SDA Seminar Sydney  
Friday 29th July 22

Copies of the PDF Presentations are now available.

Certificates of Attendance is also now available  

Thank you to all who joined the SDA Networking Lunch Cruise to follow.

The Event and Cruise saw SIL Providers, SDA Providers, Builders, Fund Managers, Access Consultants,

Property Developers attend.

A sumptuous lunch onboard Captain Cook Cruises was well enjoyed, and many networked, and connected .  

We thank Leben Homes' Daniel McGrane for their ongoing support 

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Daniel Rorke | Director


Fire Safety in disability and care homes and the NCC 

While the National Construction Code would suggest that such properties should be classified as Class 3 (hostels) or Class 9c (residential care), often they are being built as Class 1a (single detached dwelling) or Class 1b (boarding house) buildings.  


Such properties would be fine for disabled residents who are capable of self-care, but often they are used for people who need full-time support.  

Unfortunately, these Class 1a and 1b buildings have inadequate fire protection to cater for people who require assistance for dull-time care.  

The use of these building classes for disability care can place individuals at risk and is potentially breaching the requirements of providers under NDIS rules.  

Daniel will present on the current approaches to home care,  and recommend changes that should be considered to protect people with disabilities.  

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

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’

David Watson

Director | Architect | SDA Assessor | NDIS Registered Provider 

ArchR Design 

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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