Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a type of housing designed to meet the needs of people with high support needs. These specialist housing solutions allow people with disability and complex needs to experience improved liveability. In this blog post, we’ll explain:

  • what SDA housing is,
  • what SDA housing looks like,
  • and how it can benefit people with disabilities.


What is Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)?

SDA is a type of housing that is designed to provide specialist accommodation for people with high support needs. SDA funding is available through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) according to an individual’s NDIS plan. It’s intended to meet the needs of people who require specialist housing solutions.

SDA can be provided as standalone homes, shared living arrangements, or apartment complexes. Whichever it is, SDA is designed for people with complex needs to live in a safe and comfortable environment.

SDA properties can include a range of features and modifications, such as;

  • wider hallways and doorways for wheelchair accessibility,
  • modified kitchens and bathrooms,
  • and assistive technologies such as smart home systems.

SDA dwellings provide a safe and comfortable living environment for people with disabilities.

What is specialist disability accommodation

SDA Design Categories

Specialist Disability Accommodation is available in a range of design categories to meet different levels of needs. The design categories are:

  • Improved Liveability,
  • Fully Accessible,
  • High Physical Support, and
  • Robust.

Improved Liveability

This category emphasises accessibility and functionality, focusing on modifications that enhance independence and quality of life. Homes will include features such as wider doorways and adjustable bench heights.

Fully Accessible

This category incorporates a high level of physical access provisions for people with significant functional impairment. Homes will include features for improved accessibility both inside and out, such as wheelchair accessible outdoor areas and hand basins that are accessible from a seated or standing position.

High Physical Support

This category is designed for individuals with complex needs, requiring extensive assistance and specialised equipment. It includes features such as ceiling hoists, fully accessible bathrooms, and reinforced walls for additional support.

Read more about high physical support SDA housing in our guide.


This category addresses the needs of individuals with sensory impairment or very high complex needs. It involves features like secure fencing, acoustic insulation, and durable fixtures to ensure residents live in a safe and supportive environment.

The four design levels of SDA Houses

Benefits of SDA for People with Disabilities

SDA housing can offer a range of benefits for people with disabilities, including:

1. Improved quality of life

SDA ensures that accommodations are designed to be accessible for individuals with disabilities. This includes features like ramps, wider doorways, and accessible bathrooms. By enabling greater mobility and independence, people can experience a safe and comfortable living environment.

2. Increased independence

SDA supports individuals with disabilities in exercising greater independence and choice. By offering adaptable living spaces and access to necessary support services, SDA housing empowers individuals to make decisions about their daily lives and live with greater autonomy.

3. Enhanced social inclusion

SDA housing can help to promote social inclusion. It gives people with complex needs and disability opportunities to connect with others and participate in community life. This can help reduce isolation, promote social interaction, and create a sense of belonging.

4. Long-term stability

SDA provides long-term housing options, offering individuals with disabilities greater stability and security in their living arrangements. This alleviates the stress of frequent moves and provides a sense of permanence.

5. Enhanced safety

SDA incorporates safety features tailored to the needs of individuals with disabilities. This may include reinforced walls, emergency call systems, and appropriate lighting, providing a secure living environment.

Ozability Homes SDA Housing

Here at Ozability Homes, our Specialist Disability Accommodation has been built to ensure that residents have suitable housing to increase independence. All of our SDA homes;

  • Are sole occupancy (meaning residents can live with who they choose),
  • Allow Participants to bring their own supports,
  • Are NDIS-registered and meet all SDA Design Standard requirements, and
  • Feature assistive technology.


Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a type of housing designed to meet the needs of people with high support needs. SDA dwellings can offer a range of benefits for people with disabilities. This includes improved quality of life, increased independence, and enhanced social inclusion. If you or someone you know is looking for suitable housing options, SDA may be worth exploring as a potential option.

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