What is SDA?

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Specialist Disability Accommodation

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Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is specialist housing built for people with a significant impairment as a result of their disability and high support needs. This housing is designed to cater to the needs of the person with a disability.
Specialist Disability Accommodation properties need to be built and designed in accordance with the set National Standards outlined by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

Who manages SDA?

We do. Empowered Liveability are a NDIS registered Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) provider

  • Empowered Liveability act as Property Manager of the ‘bricks and mortar’ for the owner of the SDA home
  • Empowered Liveability are responsible for the headlease with owners, and sub-lease with tenants
  • Empowered Liveability also look after property maintenance
  • Empowered Liveability liaise with NDIS Participants, Support Coordinators, Allied Health professionals and Hospital Discharge/ Aged Care teams to find appropriate tenancy matches for the NDIS Participants living in the SDA home.
  • Your SDA funding is paid to Empowered Liveability to distribute to owners for providing and upkeep of the property

Design Categories

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There are four levels of design categories funded for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). To move into SDA properties one of these categories will be funded in your NDIS plan.

Improved Livability

Housing that has been designed to improve ‘Livability’ by incorporating a reasonable level of physical access and enhanced provision for people with sensory, intellectual or cognitive impairment


Housing that has been designed to incorporate a reasonable level of physical access provision
and be very resilient, reducing the likelihood of reactive maintenance and reducing the risk to the participant and the community.

High Physical

Housing that has been designed to incorporate a high level of physical access provision for people with significant physical impairment.

Fully Accessible

Housing that has been designed to incorporate a high level of physical access provision for people with significant physical impairment and requiring very high levels of support.

Build Types

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There are several different build types funded in Specialist Disability Accommodation you will find one of these build types allocated to you in your NDIS plan. 


Apartments are self-contained units occupying a part of a larger residential building.

Duplex/ Villa/ Townhouse

Villas, duplexes and townhouses are generally separate or semi-attached properties within a single land title or strata titled area


Houses are detached low-rise dwellings with garden or courtyard areas.

Group Home

Group Homes are distinguished from other houses by the larger number of residents (four or five long term residents).

At Empowered Liveability, we recognise we can’t be everything to everyone, so we specialise in the Home Build type under the NDIS; building large luxury homes for people with disabilities. If one of the other build types is listed in your plan, no problem, give us a call!

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Our Customers Share the Love

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“Nicole is a dedicated and passionate advocate for supporting people with disability to live their lives with the same level of choice, access and inclusion available for everybody. Working alongside Nicole in the disability and community sector, I have seen her drive and enthusiasm in action.

Starting from the ground up, she has developed a strong and informed perspective to support delivery that translates into a committed approach to shaping the future of disability housing. Nicole’s work in the NDIS housing space, and her engagement with the disability, and her local, community, underpins a dedication to providing a high standard of housing options that facilitates choice for all. If you need support or guidance on your housing journey, I can definitely recommend reaching out to Nicole and her team at Empowered Liveability.”

“I have known Nicole for several years now, meeting her through the amazing work she and the Empowered Liveability team do for individuals living with disability. Nicole is a compassionate and professional leader in all that she involves herself in. It has been fantastic working with Nicole over the period we have known each other, with Nicole’s care and dedication to those who need support to create the life they desire, motivating so many people around her to be the best version of themselves.”

“Nicole is nothing short of amazing! While she has 20 plus years experience in Disability support services she is now a wealth of knowledge in the areas of NDIS SDA and SIL. What inspires me most about Nicole is her passion of supporting people to be living in the home they choose, out of hospital and in to their own home! Nicole’s business is successful because she is truly someone who is in the business because she cares about people.

So if you are looking for SDA options for yourself or a family member or even an investor wanting to know more. Nicole is the lady you need to connect with, you wont be disappointed! It’s been a honor to be a part of her journey of the past 2 decades.”

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The team at Empowered Liveability are happy to answer any of your questions, We are only a phone call or email away.


Contact Information

NDIS Housing Melbourne

NDIS provider

NDIS Provider Number: 4050035982
Q&SG Registration ID: 4-433C-2789
ABN: 27 621 705 235