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Specialist Disability Accommodation Conference 2024

Includes an Investor/ SIL Developer Session


Sat 20th July 2024 

9.30am - 4.30pm 
Networking to 5.30pm 

Rydges Hotel

186 Exhibition St, Melbourne

Cost:   Conference ticket $450pp
NDISDA Members $400pp
includes Morning tea, Lunch, Networking 

Who should attend? 

Supported Independent Living Providers (SILS) , SDA Providers, Builders, Developers, SDA Assessors,

Architects, Valuers, Financiers,  Town Planners, Investors 

Welcome to the  4th Annual  NDISDA Melbourne  Specialist Disability Accommodation Conference 2024 !

2 Panel sessions which includes a SIL /Developer/Investor Session 



This is Melbourne's 4th Annual Conference, and 18th SDA Conference since 2019 ! 

Last year's SDA Melbourne's  Conference was a complete sell-out, so don't miss out this year. Please book early to avoid disappointment 

This carefully curated technical program ensures that you not only stay updated but also provides a platform to forge meaningful connections within the industry.

The opening Panel features discussions from  Researchers, Industry Practitioners . Their expertise will be instrumental in enriching your understanding of the intricacies involved in the changing landscape of SDA. 

This Conference  is a  not-to-be-missed  experience where you have the  opportunity to stay abreast of the latest developments, engage in robust discussions, and actively participate in sessions that cater to your specific interests.

Discussions will include challenges for  SIL Providers and SDA Providers, SDA Research outcomes, Finance and Developer  information, best practice designs and changes in this space,  impact of the NDIS Final Report on SDA housing  and more. 

This National Specialist Disability  Conference  is your gateway to a comprehensive exploration of the latest trends, regulations, and collaborative opportunities in the ever-evolving field of Specialist Disability Accommodation 

Join us for a rewarding experience where knowledge meets innovation, and together, we shape the future of accessible and inclusive living spaces.

We look forward to sharing your company soon!


9.00am - 9.25am 

Arrival and registration

9.30am - 9.40am 

Welcome and Introductions 

9.40am - 10.15am 

Panel Discussion 

  • Recommendation 8: Fund housing and living supports that are fair and consistent, and support participants to exercise genuine choice and control over their living arrangement.

  • Recommendation 9: Deliver a diverse and innovative range of inclusive housing and living supports

  • NDIS recommendation impacting Improved Liveability and impacts for Investors, Participants and Builders

  • SDA Prefab/ Modular solutions for faster and efficient build - is this the next best option  given housing construction time frames? 

  • Social responsibility vs Profitability ; what happens when a participant does not want to share? 

10.15am - 10.30am 


10.30am - 11.00am

Specialist Disability Accommodation in the social housing sector: Policy and practice

Adam Crowe of Curtin University will present his research, which explores the intricate interaction between the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) program and the social housing sector.


Motivated by the commitments outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), this research aims to ensure that people with disabilities have true choice, control, and independence over their housing.

Adam will present his findings on the complex dynamics between policy and practice systems, the experiences of those accessing SDA housing, and recommendations for policy and practice changes to improve housing outcomes for people with disabilities.

Presented by Adam Crowe Curtin University Western Australia 

11.00am - 11.30am 

New Amendment Act for Victoria :


This presentation will cover the key aspects of the Disability and Social Services Regulation Amendment Act 2023, which became law on May 23, 2023. The Act strengthens the rights, protections, and safeguards for people with disabilities in Victoria, with specific changes affecting the Residential Tenancies Act and tenancy arrangements in disability accommodation settings.

Key points for SDA providers and investors to note:

  • Residential Tenancies Act Changes (Effective from July 1, 2024):

  • Transition of Group Homes: Residents of 'group homes' currently protected under the Disability Act will be transitioned to residential tenancy protections under the Residential Tenancies Act.

  • Expanded Protections: Protections for SDA-enrolled dwellings under the Residential Tenancies Act will be expanded to cover a broader range of accommodation that meets a new definition of 'SDA dwelling'.

  • Choice of Residential Agreements: Providers must offer residents of 'SDA dwellings' a choice regarding the type of residential agreements.

These changes will impact how SDA providers manage tenancy arrangements and the legal protections available to residents.

Investors and providers need to understand these new requirements to ensure compliance and to support the rights and choices of residents in disability accommodation settings.

11.30am - 12.00pm 
  • NDIS Final Report, and upcoming associated changes and impacts on Specialist Disability Accommodation Providers.

  • Queensland Disability accommodation providers registration process and whether they need to register their accommodation services

  • SIL Providers, Vacancy Rate and Finding Tenants 

Presented by Dan Acfield Everhomes 

12.00pm - 12.30pm 


12.30pm - 1.00pm 


  • The relationship between Planning Controls, SDA Design Guidelines and NCC

  • Building Classifications and their impacts 

  • Impact of NCC updates and what they mean for the SDA Design Guidelines

  • Impact of SDA regulations and governance on SDA development

Presented by Bill Katsabis, CBG Architects 

1.00pm - 1.30pm 

Understanding the NCC Classifications and SDA 

SDA Assessment best practice - no tick, no approval. Hear about non-compliant case studies and what you need to know about ensuring your property meets approval.

Hear example of a Case Study and Court Rulings

1.30pm - 1.45pm 

Fostering excellence on SDA and SIL provision

Presented by Ashleigh Tibb, Carechoice 


1.45pm - 2.15pm  

Panel Session  to commence 1.45pm - 2.15pm


This panel session will discuss challenges first hand and how collaboration will prove beneficial for Participants, and Investors and will focus on: 

  • Understanding SIL Operations for Optimal Results for SDA Providers, Developers, Architects,  Investors and stakeholders 

•    The critical role of effective communication and language in NDIS: Achieving SDA goals such as reliable vacancies, effective design structures, optimal locations, and long-term occupancy viability.
•   Finding participants ; process delays, funding and impacts for investors  

Brief :

SIL providers and support coordinators continually seek partnerships with investors and access to available vacancies.

This collaboration is crucial as SIL providers and support coordinators play a pivotal role in securing suitable accommodations for participants in Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA).

Investors are essential for driving the development, growth, and sustainability of the SDA sector, ultimately benefiting participants, providers, and the broader community.


Working closely with developers, architects, and investors ensures that the needs and preferences of participants are met effectively.


2.15pm - 2.45pm 
  • Overview of SDA data supply and demand by state / territory, with a focus on VIC

  • Property development overview

  • Explain the town planning exemption pathway in Victoria, and how it will impact the building permit and subdivision process.

  • Case studies

Presented by Hong Knowling : PPC Urban Property Consultants 

2.45pm - 3.15pm 

Self Managed Super funds risks and opportunities ; Single contract in SDA Housing investment 

Lending criteria for ; Deposit required, challenges and hurdles for NDIS Housing approvals 

Presented by Paul Grant, Axis Lending 

3.15pm - 3.45pm 

Specialist Disability Accommodation Outlook – SDA Vacancies, Investment Demand and Funding

Presented by David Whitelaw, Adapt Housing 

3.45pm - 4.10pm 

GST-free supplies and Specialist Disability Accommodation 

Why is it important that NDIS SDA supply is GST Free? 

4.10pm - 4.30pm 

SDA Insurance - case studies ; Commercial insurance vs Domestic - understand the difference 

Presented by Jeremy Thornton - Insurance Advisernet 

4.30pm - 5.30pm 

Wrap up and networking 

This program is a guide and subject to slightly change should any unforeseen circumstances occur. Eg, a speaker is unable to attend, a speaker is ill, or a speaker is late. 
NDISDA is not liable for any losses incurred as a result of such circumstances. Please see terms and conditions when booking 


More Speakers are currently being added.  

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Dr Adam Crowe

Curtin University, WA 

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Paul Grant 

Axis Lending 

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Ashleigh Tibb 

CareChoice Homes

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Dan Acfield 


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Jeremy Thornton 

Insurance Advisernet 

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Bill Katsabis 

CBG Architects 


Hong Knowling 

PPC Urban Consulting 

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David Whitelaw

Adapt Housing 

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Ashleigh Tibb 

CareChoice Homes

You can also choose to join the NDISLINK Melbourne 18th July 2024 at Rydges Melbourne 

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1300 634 732

(1300 NDISDA) 


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