If you have a home and living goal we’ll help you explore your options to pursue this goal. We’ll start by getting you to complete the Home and Living Supports Request Form .

This helps us understand your daily support needs. Then we can discuss the home and living supports that best meet those needs.

Most people who access the NDIS don’t need to live in SDA. People who do need SDA have extremely high needs. They need to live in very specialised homes, usually with high levels of person-to-person support.

To decide if someone is eligible for SDA funding, we ask three questions:

The information you include in your Home and Living Supports Request Form helps answer these questions. We use that information and any other evidence you provide to help us work out what SDA funding you can get.

Once we have all of your information we’ll review it and decide if you can get SDA. We’ll try to let you know our decision within 10 days.

Check out the SDA Rules  for extra information.

Do you have 'an extreme functional impairment' or 'very high support needs'?

We look at lots of different information to decide if you have these kinds of support needs. This includes:

  • any information from your doctor or allied health professionals
  • any details from your current providers
  • your daily support requirements.

Extreme functional impairment

First, we check if you have 'extreme functional impairment'. This means you have a lot of trouble doing (or can’t do) daily tasks on your own. You might have a very hard time moving around, completing personal care tasks, or looking after yourself.

It also means you need lots of support from someone to do these things. This is on top of any assistive technology or other home modifications.

Very high support needs

You might also be eligible for SDA if you have 'very high support needs'. This also means you need a lot of person-to-person support. Your family or friends might not be able to give you this level of support informally. 

This is because it could be risky for family or friends to help out. Or, it might be dangerous for you. You may need SDA to stay safe or keep others around you safe. 

You might already live in SDA or have lived in a place like SDA for a long while. If living in a non-SDA house isn’t possible, you may have very high support needs.

Do you have an SDA needs requirement?

We also need to make sure SDA is the right option for your care. It should greatly benefit you now and in the long term. 

We think about whether SDA will give you long-term benefits for: 

  • pursuing your goals 
  • improving your functional capacity (help you do more things with less support)
  • reducing your need for person-to-person supports
  • creating better connections with your family, community, health services, education, and employment.

Depending on your needs, other kinds of supports could be a better option for you. This might mean you can keep living in your current home. 

What other support options you can get?

There might be changes we can make to your current home that would make it easier to live in. For example, fixing your bathroom if you can’t use it because of your disability.

Sometimes changes aren’t safe or possible to make to regular houses. This includes things like:

  • structural reinforcements that make hoists and other mobility aids safe
  • making all areas of a house accessible
  • if you don’t own your home and don’t have permission to change it, or don’t know how long you can live there for.

You might need alternative housing if this is the case. SDA is only one of these options.

Learn more about housing and the NDIS .

This page current as of
8 December 2020
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