NDIS SDA (Specialist Disability Accommodation)

NDIS SDA (Specialist Disability Accommodation)

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT PROCESS FOR SDA ASSESSMENTS

Developments that will be completed by 1 July 2021

The current guidelines for SDA dwelling enrolment are published in the SDA Price Guide and include Livable Housing Design Guidelines Certification of either Silver or Platinum level based on the Design category.

There is no “SDA Certification” process in place for the current guidelines, but Vista Access Architects can prepare a “Statement of Consistency” report based on the provided requirements of the Table 3 of the SDA Price Guide.

Note at that this point of time a dwelling cannot be enrolled under multiple design categories.

Developments that have already commenced but may not be completed prior to 1 July 2021

As long as evidence of commitment / commencement is provided to the NDIA, the development can seek exemption from the SDA Design Standard and follow the current guidelines. Committed/commenced exemptions expire on 1 December 2022

Special exemptions for committed / commenced Class 2 (residential) buildings

As long as evidence of commitment / commencement is provided to the NDIA, the development can seek exemption from the SDA Design Standard and follow the current guidelines. Committed/commenced Class 2 (residential) buildings exemption expires on 1 July 2023

Note that commitment/commencement date is considered the first date that a financial commitment to acquire or develop an SDA dwelling was made and can be evidenced by an agreement as indicating a commitment to undertake the project, including a contract of sale (excluding land contracts), development agreement, planning permit, or construction certificate.  In principle agreements / memoranda of understanding are specifically excluded. Further details are available in the SDA Implementation plan.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW PROCESS FOR SDA ASSESSMENTS

All dwellings proposed for New Build SDA enrolment post 1 July 2021 will be required to provide Certification by an Accredited SDA Assessor at BOTH Design stage and at Final-as-built Stage. Compliance is required with the provisions of Edition 1.1 of the NDIS SDA Design Standard based on the particular design category. NDIA will accept enrolments through this new process from 30 April 2020. A dwelling can be enrolled under multiple design categories.

At Design Stage – The drawings and specifications are required to clearly show ALL requirements as noted in the particular design category in the SDA Design Standard. There are no concessions available for any non-compliances, so it is essential that the Architect allows for construction tolerances.

At Final-as-built Stage – The built dwelling is required to fully comply with the requirements of SDA Design Standard. In addition to full compliance required for spatial requirements at a site inspection, the applicant will also need to provide the following documentation (based on the Design category).

  • Letter from Builder to confirm slip resistance, wall reinforcements, use of resilient materials, carpet specifications, zoning of air-conditioning systems, provision of internet connections and wifi coverage.
  • Emergency evacuation plans with areas of retreat.
  • Certification from a Structural Engineer for suitability of structure for ceiling hoists.
  • Certification from lift supplier for NCC compliance.
  • Certification from an electrician to confirm required emergency power solutions.
  • Occupation Certificate / Certificate of completion.

Note that the SDA Assessor is not required to provide advice on Building classification, or any advice on funding of SDA. The Architect of the project is not permitted to be the SDA Assessor of the project at any stage of works due to conflict of interest.