breakthru logo

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)

Home & living support for complex needs

Supported Disability Accommodation (SDA) is a form of housing under the NDIS for participants who require a high level of specialised support that caters to their individual living needs.

SDA Housing is carefully designed to enhance quality of life, making it easier to move around, offering more freedom and independence. These homes come with custom designs, like automatic doorways and adjustable benchtops. They’re also strategically located for convenience and safety, all while providing specialised care for individuals who need extra support. Breakthru is a registered NDIS SDA provider.

How we support you

Exploring your choices, Understand Your Needs & Choice and Control

Choice and Control

We have various SDA homes across Sydney for you to choose from. If we don't have the right one, we'll connect you with our housing partners to help you find your ideal home.
Life Skills, Skilled 24-hour Care & Time management

Skilled 24-hour Care

Our support workers are well-trained, many with a Certificate III qualification and others working towards one, available 24/7. We also have experienced allied health professionals and registered nurses on staff for supervision.
Fit-for-purpose Housing

Fit-for-purpose Housing

Our homes meet the Specialist Disability Accommodation Design Standard. They have features like wheelchair-friendly entrances, accessible bathrooms with handrails, power-operated doors, ceiling hoists, and assistive technology to meet your needs.

Frequently asked questions

SDA is an NDIS funded support that provides housing to individuals that require a high level of support and home modifications to appropriately meet their needs.

This is a very specific support designed to help you access a customised home suitable to your individual needs.

SDA funding is generally included under Capital funding and covers the cost of modifications and upkeep of these modifications in your home.

It’s important to note that this support does not cover the cost of rent, which can be supplemented by the Disability Support Pension (DSP) if required. SDA also may not be used for support workers in your home, as this is funded primarily under Support Independent Living (SIL).

It’s not uncommon to get Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) confused, with both funding aimed at assisting individuals to live more independently.

However, to put it simplistically, SIL is about providing supports to you so you can live more independently, where as SDA funding subsidises the building and ongoing maintenance costs of a fit for purpose home.

These building and maintenance costs generally cover inclusions that are not found in conventional housing, such as electric doorways or fully adjustable benchtops for example. SDA funding is generally provided to participants who require accessible features in their home to ensure they can live more independently.

While SIL and SDA exist independently, participants may be eligible for both.

Getting SDA in your NDIS plan can sometimes be a complex journey. In order to give yourself the best chances of getting SDA, you should first demonstrate to the NDIS that you require a lot of additional support, and that there are no suitable alternatives available to you.

A Functional Capacity Assessment (FCA) from a registered Occupational Therapist can be a great tool to help demonstrate this, as this assessment will provide a detailed overview of your life and highlight barriers you’re facing.

Once you have this, you should then present this information in your next plan review. Alternatively, you can also lodge a change in circumstances request and ask for more suitable housing.

Get started in 4 easy steps

If you have a significant and permanent disability, injury or illness that affects your daily life, you may be eligible to access the NDIS.

Step 1

Check your eligibility

Before you begin, use the NDIS checklist to confirm that you:
  • are aged between 7 and 65.
  • reside in Australia with Australian residency.
  • require immediate support to lessen future needs.
Step 2

Make an Access Request

To start your application, call the NDIS at 1800 800 110.

If you need assistance, reach out to your Local Area Coordinator, Early Childhood Early Intervention partner, the local National Disability Insurance Agency, or Breakthru for support.

Step 3

Gather Supporting Evidence

This may involve sharing details about your disability and how it affects your daily life.

Providing recent information and collaborating with your healthcare providers can strengthen your case for NDIS eligibility.

Step 4

Prepare for your planning meeting

Once the Access Request decision is done, you'll receive a written notice of the decision.

Afterward, you'll meet with an NDIS community partner to determine the support level for your NDIS plan.

Click and drag to see more

Get in touch today

Call our friendly team on 1800 767 212 or simply fill this form and we will be in touch.

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Thank you to everyone for all your continuous support. This job has been amazing for both my mental and physical health, and I finally feel like I can start moving forward with my life.

Breakthru Customer Liborio

Breakthru customer

Breakthru have done so much for me, they encouraged me, but they also made me do the work. I would say to anyone thinking of going with Breakthru to trust them. They really do get to know their clients and understand their potential.

Breakthru Customer David Edwards
David Edwards

Breakthru customer

Let’s do this together.
Subscribe to stories & news

In the spirit of reconciliation, Royal Rehab acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea, and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future and we extend our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples.

Proudly Part of the Royal Rehab Group Empowering Independence
Registered Charity Organisation
Registered NDIS Provider
Disability Employment Services Provider