Applications for specialist disability accommodation (SDA) can be made by downloading, completing and lodging a Home and Living Supports Request Form. This form is available via the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) website. It can be completed and lodged online. Alternatively, you can also print it out and complete it using a pen before returning it via the post or to your local NDIS office or area coordinator. An SDA application form can be completed by you or by someone acting on your behalf. It’s worthwhile to get an occupational therapist who is experienced in writing SDA reports to do this for you.
Who is eligible for SDA funding?
Before you apply, it’s important to understand that there are strict SDA eligibility requirements. It is only designed for NDIS participants who have an extreme functional impairment and/or the highest physical support needs. Currently, only about 6% of NDIS participants (about 12,000 people) meet these requirements. Priority is given to young people who are either in aged care or who are at risk of entering aged care.
What information do I need to provide on my SDA application?
Information that you need to supply on your SDA application includes details about your identity, main reason for requesting SDA, current living arrangements, housing and living support goals, the support you need, how you currently manage everyday tasks, health care needs, NDIS plan and program assessments and reports, assistive technology and home modification requirements, and decision-making processes. It’s important that your SDA housing goals are consistent with your NDIS plan goals (for example, to live as independently as possible).
Do I need to choose the SDA housing I want before I apply?
No. You can apply before you have chosen the accommodation you want. If you’re approved, you can then explore your SDA options.
When will I know if my SDA application is approved?
Eligibility decisions are normally made within 10 days of completing your application form. The assessment is evidence-based, so it’s important that you supply as much evidence to support your application as possible (for example, reports from allied health professionals, carer statements, behavioural support plans and incident reports). You will be contacted if you need to supply any additional information to enable a decision to be made. It’s also important to understand that it can take up to 12 months to actually get SDA payments included in your plan even if you are approved. It is therefore important to apply for SDA funding as early as possible, especially if your health is progressively deteriorating.
Posted 17 May 2021