Kymberly Martin

Update on the state of Specialist Disability Housing

By 2025 up to 30,000 NDIS participants with ‘extreme functional impairment’ or ‘very high support needs’ are expected to be receiving funding for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).


A national survey on the current and future supply of SDA from 75 active SDA providers was undertaken in August 2021, as the housing supply pipeline is critical to supporting SDA market development.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) provides supply data for in-kind and enrolled SDA, but only limited information on SDA in development. The survey offered insights into the SDA pipeline across Australia in 2021 and combined the survey results with data published by the NDIA to provide the market with an estimate of forthcoming supply.

The report also provided insights into the experiences of SDA providers, including their plans to develop more SDA.


Key findings revealed that three-quarters of all places are being developed in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria with one in two places in dwellings for one resident and 7.2 per cent in dwellings for five or more residents. Two-thirds of places are for high physical support, followed by robust, fully accessible and improved liveability.

It also found that 40.3 per cent of providers lack confidence in the market due to reasons including: frequent changes and a lack of direction from the NDIA, issues with SDA funding approvals for potential tenants, problems with activation of demand and supply and financial concerns.

There are currently 2,366 places in SDA under development across 1,661 dwellings.

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