Along with the extreme functional impairments and SDA requirements, we need to consider if SDA is reasonable and necessary for you. 

Like all supports, SDA must meet the criteria in section 34 of the NDIS Act and in the SDA Rules .

Learn more about reasonable and necessary criteria  .

Does SDA help you pursue your goals better than other options?

One thing we think about when deciding if SDA is reasonable and necessary is if it will help you pursue your goals. 

We need to know SDA is a better option to help you pursue your goals compared to other supports. We also need to understand if other supports could help you pursue your goals, or might even help you more. 

For example, we’ll look at what is stopping you from being able to live in a regular house. We think about if there’s anything we could fund to make that possible for you.

SDA might reduce your need for other supports compared to where you live now. Or, it could help you pursue other goals outlined in your statement of goals and aspirations.

Is SDA value for money?

SDA funding contributes to supporting your needs. Over time, SDA may help reduce the costs of other supports you require. We think about this cost, or whether SDA is “value for money” over the long term.

We think about:

  • if SDA reduces your need for other supports
  • if SDA will reduce the cost of other supports you need 
  • if SDA can give you a greater level of independence for a longer period of time
  • if you can share some supports with others
  • how much informal support you have from family and friends
  • if SDA will help maintain your supports and relationships 
  • how SDA would affect the total cost of all supports in your plan.

For most people, it’s often better value for money to fund other supports and home modifications, rather than SDA funding.

Are there any risks we need to think about? 

Like all funded supports, we must also assess any risks that could apply. We won’t provide funding if a support is likely to cause you or someone else harm. 

We think about how we can help reduce any risks. For SDA, we’ll discuss:

  • any risks to you or others, and whether SDA would help with these 
  • the support model that you and your supporters feel will work best for you
  • any risks if you live with other people.

We might also talk to you about how we can manage these risks in your plan. This might include:

  • how long we wait to review your plan
  • how often we are in contact with you 
  • if we need to fund any other supports to manage risk and make sure you’re safe.
This page current as of
8 December 2020
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