3rd Annual
Understanding SDA to innovate for a better future in disability housing
Conference Date
29th & 30th May 2019
Sydney Harbour Marriott
Early Bird - Save $400
Book by 01/03/19


Succeeding with SDA

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
  • Assets
  • Accommodation
  • Housing

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 customercare@criterionconferences.com

Sponsorship Opportunities
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 faye.hampton@criterionconferences.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
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Key Speakers

Andrew Ralph
Director of Corporate Health
Anthony Ryan
Chief Executive Officer
Young Care
Richard Coulson
Cox Architects
Nick Proud
Chief Executive Officer
Power Housing

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”

    Ben Rees
    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.”

    Nick Loan
    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.”

    Anita Almond
    Manager, NDIS Strategy Nolsen Disability Service


  • 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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