According to the AFR, disability housing is predicted to be a $5 billion industry backed by the National Disability Insurance Scheme. With the introduction and implementation of the SDA funding model, the desire to construct houses for individuals with a disability is plentiful, however, the challenges accompanied with that desire have proven to be as equally extensive. The issue predominantly resides in the understanding and interpreting of the SDA funding model along with its guidelines. Organisations are currently striving to find ways to obtain funding, meet the vaguely presented guidelines and occupy their properties with eligible participants.
The prime question now is how do we mitigate the risks and elevate the interest in developing SDA, to assist the most marginalised members of our society?
The 2019 Navigating the Complexities of Disability Housing conference will bring together thought leaders from across the nation to provide you with the key skills needed to overcome challenges with SDA, through sustainable knowledge & experience based solutions.
Key takeaways include
- Understanding & clearly interpreting the guidelines
- Mitigating vacancy & legal risk associated with SDA
- Building collaborative partnerships & discovering alternative funding models
- Learning how to innovate customer centric building designs
Who will attend?
Disability services, community housing providers, government, property developers, architects & lawyers with responsibility and roles of:
- Chief Executive Officers
- Chief Financial Officers
- Chief Operating Officers
- Disability Services
- Property Development
Free Pass Application
Criterion Conferences is pleased to provide a select number of free passes to representatives of small NGO’s and interested individuals, carers, consumers and their families who may not otherwise be able to pay to attend. To apply please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We work closely with corporate partners to create unique and innovative tailored sponsorship packages that best meet specific sales, marketing and business development objectives. Contact Faye Hampton on 02 9239 5737 or email email@example.com to find out more about sponsorship opportunities.
Attend to learn:
- Learn how to unpack the SDA funding model & guidelines
- Mitigate risks associated with the development of SDA compliant dwellings
- Build collaborative partnerships & discover alternative funding models
- Learn how to innovate new building designs to enhance customer centricity
Tony Rutherford is a Practice Leader with Moores, a mid-size law firm based in Melbourne.
Tony is a commercial and infrastructure lawyer with significant experience across a range of sectors including telecommunications, technology, education, aged care and disability, social housing, healthcare, utilities (water and power), transport, mining and oil and gas. He is also experienced in all forms of dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration and mediation) across a wide range of general commercial and construction disputes.
Tony’s recent experience includes advising community housing organisations, private developers and disability service organisations in relation to the development, financing and operation of Specialist Disability Accommodation projects in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. He has presented at numerous conferences in relation to the transition to the NDIS and approaches to developing SDA projects. In addition to his housing and infrastructure work, Tony regularly advises disability organisations in relation to issues arising from the transition to the NDIS including tenders to the Victorian government to take on disability services previously delivered by the State government.
Prior to commencing with Moores, Tony worked for major international law firms in New York, Dubai, Sydney and Melbourne and is admitted to practise law in New York and Australia. He has advised government, the private sector and not-for-profit clients on complex commercial transactions (with a focus on infrastructure projects) in the United States, Asia, Middle East, Africa and Australia.
Tony holds a Master of Laws from Duke University in the United States and Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) from The University of Sydney.
Hume Community Housing Association
Keelin Byrne is a Housing Coordinator in the Housing for People with Disability Program at Hume Community Housing. Keelin joined Hume following her experience gained in Ireland, working in the housing sector and supporting customers with complex needs. She joined Hume in 2015 as part of the Supported Housing team, then worked across Allocations and, in October 2017, was recruited to support Hume’s Housing for People with Disability team.
Keelin is a passionate advocate for social justice, and is one of the founding members of Hume’s Social Justice Committee. In August 2018, Keelin was nominated for a Powerhousing Australia Rising Star Award, an accolade recognising outstanding efforts, distinguished knowledge, and adherence to integrity within the Australian housing sector.
Mark is an accomplished senior executive with broad industry experience, gained from time in the public and private sectors. Mark brings to Momentum a collaborative management style that has consistently challenged people and businesses to adapt, evolve and lead through innovation and continuous improvement. Mark is a qualified Town Planner and business leader, with previous experience managing multi-disciplined project teams through property acquisition and leasing, town planning, engineering and design, project management and professional consulting disciplines. With 15 years of varied management experience, Mark has developed a flexible approach, coupled with energetic enthusiasm to strategically challenge the status quo to deliver a constructive difference. Mark provides a level of commercial and business acumen that complements Momentum’s executive leadership team and organisational experience.
What People Are Saying
“Well run conference with content that was well suited to Housing Professionals, Community Housing Providers and executives. Thank you Criterion we look forward to the next conference”Independent NDIS Provider
“Briars Property Group has attended events in 2017 & 2018 & the directors have connected with other participants throughout the events which has broadened our relationships in the market place with people we would not have ordinarily met. In particular businesses & people from other states with a different perspective.”Director, Briars Property Group
“This was a very worthwhile conference. It had a positive impact in terms of broadening my knowledge around the SDA and other interested stakeholders.”Manager, NDIS Strategy Nolsen Disability Service
Date: 22 Mar 2019 By: Ash Natesh
According to the AFR, SDA is predicted to be a $5 billion industry backed by the National Disability Insurance Scheme. With the introduction of the SDA funding model, the desire to construct houses for individuals with a disability is plentiful, however, the challenges accompanied with that desire have proven to be as equally extensive. The …
Date: 21 Feb 2019 By: Ash Natesh
On 8 February 2019 the Hon Paul Fletcher, Minister for Families and Social Services, announced ‘immediate reforms’ to Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) to improve choice and control for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants and boost market confidence. Original Source from Summer Foundation, download full report below: https://www.summerfoundation.org.au/resources/summary-of-changes-to-specialist-disability-accommodation-framework/ These changes are across the following SDA …
Date: 5 Apr 2018 By: Drew McCoy
A look at some of the key issues surrounding Specialist Disability Accommodation, ahead of the upcoming Shaping the Future of Disability Housing national conference. For those involved in the disability sector from both a private or professional perspective, the principles underpinning Specialist Disability Accommodation offer a potential light in the dark. Indeed there is the …
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