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Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)
In the short history of NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), DSC has already consulted to over 50 organisations, advising them at all stages of SDA and SIL development. Our experts have presented to over 850 people around the country to untangle the complex policy behind these supports.
Our specialist consulting team comprises some of Australia’s leading experts in NDIS housing. Work with Disability Services Consulting to:
- Understand how SDA & SIL work
- Access research resources
- Analyse demand and potential risks
- Explore shared equity opportunities
- Prepare for the development process and obtaining funding
- Undertake feasibility studies
- Explore partnership opportunities and contracting requirements.
SDA & SIL
NDIS SUBJECT MATTER SPECIALISTS
DSC's Subject Matter Specialists are sector leaders in their fields.
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.
Look up the term ‘NDIS Subject Matter Specialist’ and you will find the definition is ‘Luke Bo’sher’. Luke has encyclopedic knowledge of the NDIS and knows so much about the SDA, it is seriously scary. Luke was a key player in the development of the NDIS, working extensively on scheme design in his roles as a Director at the NDIA and advisor at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. In his time at the NDIA, Luke’s work focused on sector engagement, SDA and the murky areas of overlap between the NDIS and other mainstream systems such as health and education.
A couple of years ago, Luke completed a Fulbright Scholarship at New York University’s Center for Urban Policy. In addition to a moonlighting with DSC, Luke’s day job is the Summer Foundation’s CEO.
Gareth has been highly successful leading organisational transition to the NDIS drawing on insights gained as a CEO and senior manager across 5 different industry sectors over a three decade career. He has dropped out of university 4 times in the 3 different countries, but somehow completed two degrees, including a Masters of Management. His signature philosophy is to create and pursue a 'Jigsaw of Excellence', an approach born out of his involvement at three Olympic games as team manager of a gold medal winning team. The Jigsaw analogy recognises that all the bits of an organisation are inter-linked and each plays a key role in achieving outcomes.
Having successfully developed, submitted and claimed over $7.5m worth of SIL quotes, Gareth has hands on experience in SIL from the perspective of a service provider. As CEO of a small/medium organisation, Gareth decided that SIL was critical to their operation and so took on the challenge of being responsible for creating a SIL roster spreadsheet, filling out the SIL quotes and then claiming the SIL via the NDIS portal.
Kylie completed her PhD in 2007, is an NDIS brainiac and is doubly brainiac-y on all things NDIS mental health. She has over 15 years experience working in the mental health, disability and aged care sectors. She has extensive experience designing, implementing and evaluating mental health programs. Through her experience as a carer of her brother-in-law, Kylie has also developed a passion for assisting organisations to develop Specialist Disability Accommodation.
In the course of her work and studies, Kylie has developed advanced skills in the management and development of staff, program design and establishment, stakeholder and consumer engagement, and budget management.
INSIGHT IN ACTION
Our NDIS Subject Matter Specialists have been closely following and contributing to SDA & SIL policy since its early design stages. Below are some of their fabulous resources:
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.
Here are 10 of the most important questions and answers from our recent Investigating Housing with Support Coordination webinar.
Brent Woolgar analyses the new respite pricing structure to see if the numbers stack up.
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.
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.
BUt don't just take our word for it...
Here's what some of the people we've worked with have had to say about our work:
What we do
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