MBA, BE (Hons)
Brent is a bona fide master of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) detail, which considering he is an engineer is not surprising. Brent has built his reputation as one of the sector's leading experts in SDA with involvement in over 50 SDA related projects to date, ranging from parent groups, small organisations, large national organisations, state governments, community housing providers, for-profit investors, developers and many financial institutions. What Brent doesn’t know about SDA is probably the stuff the NDIA don’t know themselves yet.
Brent brings a unique skill set to NDIS Housing, with over 25 years consulting experience in accessible design as well as a lived experience as the proud father of teenage identical twins, one of whom has cerebral palsy.
The Agency has just released first of its kind data on the progress of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). Brent dives into the numbers and analyses what they tell us about how SDA is tracking.
Over the last few months, Brent has witnessed an alarming number of confusing and extremely problematic response from the NDIA to requests for SDA funding. He explores what needs to be done to get SDA back on track.
As anybody involved in the process will tell you, NDIS housing can feel like jumping over one hurdle after another. But in this article Brent demonstrates what is possible and shares his secret to success.
Brent explores what Victoria’s new Disability Services Safeguards Bill will mean for the rights of SDA tenants.
This review presents an incredibly rare opportunity to influence SDA pricing policy. Now is the time to make your voice heard, writes Brent Woolgar.
The recent release of the Q&S rules have important implications for SDA providers, writes Brent Woolgar.
SDA without a comparable Supported Independent Living (SIL) policy is useless, it cannot service the needs of people with disabilities. But, as Brent explains, they are currently not sufficiently linked in policy or practice, potentially having serious consequences for participant's rights.
For better or for worse the NDIS is bringing the world as we know it to an end. Brent explores how other industries have responded to change, and how we, as a sector, can do better.
Brent Woolgar analyses the new respite pricing structure to see if the numbers stack up.
Once upon a time Australia built a disjointed, complex railway system that would haunt it for years to come. Today, Brent Woolgar writes, we are in danger of making the same mistake with SDA.
The NDIA recently updated the Specialist Disability Accommodation Price Guide, increasing both New Build and Existing Stock prices by 2.1%.
The Productivity Commission has today released its position paper on the NDIS Costs. Brent Woolgar outlines the highlights
Over the last few weeks we have learned a lot about some State Governments positions regarding their existing stock of social and disability housing. This is vital information if you are considering investment in SDA.
Have you ever designed a seemingly innocent questionnaire for your customers and received some rather hostile responses? Brent Woolgar explores the discrimination that can occur through misguided questionnaire design.
New information out from the NDIA this week contains an unexpected (and unhappy) surprise for NSW SDA providers and confirms that SDA is ploughing ahead in Victoria and other states. Brent Woolgar explores the detail.
The Productivity Commission (PC) has released the Issues Paper for the Review of NDIS Costs. As Brent Woolgar explains, it’s thrown just about every contentious NDIS issue up in the air for consideration.
Brent Woolgar analyses the recently released NDIS Quality and safeguarding framework, highlighting the key policy decisions and implications for providers.