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Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) &
Supported Independent Living (SIL)
In the short history of NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) & Supported Independent Living (SIL), 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.
Since joining DSC in 2016, Brent has earned his reputation as one of the sector's leading experts in Specialist Disability Accommodation (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.
He brings a unique skill set to NDIS Housing, with over 25 years experience in accessible design projects as well as a lived experience as the proud father of 14 year old identical twins, one whom has cerebral palsy. Brent has an Honours degree in engineering and an MBA with a focus on project management.
Luke has been a key player in the development of the NDIS, working extensively on scheme’s design in his roles as a Director at the National Disability Insurance Agency and advisor at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. In his time at the NDIA Luke’s work focused on engagement with the sector to increase housing options for NDIS participants and the delineation between the NDIS and other mainstream systems such as health and education.
In the non-government sector Luke led the establishment of the Australia’s peak body for young people, worked as a Community Projects Manager at Mission Australia and has served on the Board of community sector peak bodies and home and community care providers. Luke’s disability sector experiences includes three years working in residential disability services, including government and non-government run group homes. Luke has recently completed a Fulbright Scholarship at New York University’s Center for Urban Policy. In addition to working with Disability Services Consulting, Luke is also the Summer Foundation’s Head of Policy & Strategy.
Kylie completed her PhD in 2007, and has over 15 years experience working in the mental health, disability and aged care sectors. She has a professional commitment to improving the care and support of people with a disability and 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, as well as budget management. More recently, these skills have been utilised to assist organisations transition to the NDIS through the development of business transition plans, new policies and processes, and organisation registration.
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:
In this technical SDA article, Brent Woolgar explores what SDA classification is all about and its implications for SDA delivery.
For too long, the SDA has been a complicated enigma for the sector. Kylie Morgan unpacks the Summer Foundation and PricewaterhouseCoopers' new and critical report and shares her four key take home messages.
They say money makes the world go round, so who will finance the SDA? In this article, Luke Bo'sher looks into where $5 billion in investment is likely to come from.
With 28,000 NDIS participants expected to receive SDA funding, the demand for properties is set to skyrocket. Luke Bo'sher examines the bricks and mortar of what is being built and who it is for.
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%.
Despite the recent flurry of activity in the SDA space, there remains a critical missing piece of the puzzle, writes Brent Woolgar.
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.
Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a complicated beast. Our NDIS Housing experts have produced a checklist with the key actions that organisations should be taking at 5 stages along the SDA journey.
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.
After much deliberation by governments, the NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation Rule has been made public. Luke Bo'sher outlines the key points of this long awaited piece of policy.
In-kind funding is potentially the biggest threat to choice and control in NDIS housing and much of the detail about why is in the just published Specialist Disability Accommodation Rule, writes Luke Bo'sher.
What do you say to participants and their families about how the NDIS can help overcome the housing problem? Luke Bo'sher and Libby Ellis explore four key questions for Support Coordinators, service providers, advocates and families to be looking at with participants.
Two months have passed since the NDIA released its final housing policy paper. Now that we all know the detail, this is what we are seeing emerge as the next generation of housing in the NDIS, writes Luke Bo’sher.
Townsville will have approximately 220 NDIS participants funded for housing, 96 of those will be looking for a new place to live. Luke Bo'sher highlights the key things your organisation should know.
John McInerney, DSC Consultant and outgoing inaugural chair of the Australian Community Housing Industry Association examines NDIS Housing and the role of community housing associations
Explore NDIS Housing by numbers with DSC's own NDIS Housing: The Missing Piece infographic.
The NDIA have released their final position on NDIS Housing. There's some devil in the detail, but the big picture remains largely the same as the last draft. Luke Bo'sher highlights the key things your organisation should know.
We finally have all the pieces of the NDIS Housing puzzle, 500-900 properties to be built every year for the next 8 years. Luke Bo'sher provides a critical overview of the Pricing & Payments Position Paper released last Friday.
Over the past 5 years, the Summer Foundation has developed and refined a new innovative model of housing and support for people with significant disabilities. This model demonstrates that the provision of good quality housing that is accessible and centrally located improves quality of life and social inclusion, while decreasing reliance on paid supports and reducing life-time care costs.
The NDIA has just released the overarching pricing framework for how it will calculate and pay for NDIS Housing. It is also calling for innovative housing ideas in the Barwon trial site in an unusual Request for Information.
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:
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