Understanding supply and potential undersupply of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)

Stream: Disability
Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Time: 1.35 pm – 3.15 pm


The lack of data about people being funded for SDA and current SDA supply has been recognised to be a barrier to investment to grow the stock of SDA. It is expected that around 28,000 people under the NDIS will be funded for SDA, with the NDIS eventually spending around $700 million per year on SDA payments. To date there has been uncertainty about where to build new SDA housing and who for.

Social Ventures Australia partnered with the Summer Foundation to conduct a survey of the sector to capture key aspects of SDA development projects. Data from a total of 55 providers was used for analysis.

-There are 1,518 SDA places in development across Australia with most activity in NSW, Victoria and South Australia. -The current SDA pipeline is dominated by High Physical Support Homes, with very little Robust capacity being built. -The most common building types in the pipeline are apartment and group homes. -There is significant difference between the profile of places enrolled with the NDIA and the future SDA supply reported through the survey. -The estimated undersupply of SDA is concentrated in major cities, except for Adelaide which has significant new supply in the pipeline

The survey indicates that a solid start has been made in the new SDA market but that around 10,000 new SDA places still need to be created to meet the anticipated demand.


Diana Ferner (Presenter), Social Ventures Australia
As a Director at Social Ventures Australia, Diana advises non-profits, governments, and funders on how to improve and sustain their impact, particularly in the wake of sector reform. She leads the team’s work in Disability, and has led projects spanning strategy, operating model design, collaboration, M&A, and outcomes management, including the merger of House with No Steps, The Tipping Foundation, and VISTA Inc. Diana holds a BA in Government and a minor in Economics from Harvard University, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Sydney. She is a non-executive director of the Physical Disability Council of NSW.