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Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)
In the short history of NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), DSC has already consulted to over 150 organisations and 300 individuals, advising them at all stages of SDA and SIL development. Our experts have presented to over 2500 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.
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:
In this second article in our series on enhancing organisational revenue and Participant outcomes, Brent Woolgar details the ways so many organisations are being hamstrung by leaving money on the (SIL quoting) table.
It’s a question as old as time, what came first: Supported Independent Living (SIL) in the Plan or a SIL quote from a provider? Everyone has their opinion, but Gareth explores what this confusion means for Participants and providers, and what they can do work through it.
At long last, the new SIL Provider Pack has arrived. Sara explores some of its fresh new features.
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.
Brent Woolgar analyses the new respite pricing structure to see if the numbers stack up.
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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