SDA Mastery: Process of Building an SDA Property

Duration: 00:18:03

Released Date: February 14, 2024

Tania Gomez



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In this episode, David Whitelaw from Adapt Housing discusses the process of building an SDA property. He highlights the importance of location, proximity to amenities, and good transport for SDA properties. He also discusses the need to consider the care provision and configuration of the property, considering whether participants want to live alone or in shared services. Whitelaw emphasizes the role of an SDA access consultant in getting a property registered under the SDA and the codes and standards that need to be met. He also shares insights on the time required to build an SDA property and the key stakeholders involved. Additionally, he addresses the challenges and metrics for a good SDA provider.

Episode Highlights
1:14 – The Importance of Location
2:00 – Considerations for Configuration and Care Provision
2:46 – The Role of an SDA Access Consultant
3:22 – Codes and Standards for SDA Properties
4:55 – Timeline for Building an SDA Property
5:36 – Key Stakeholders in the Building Process
7:17 – Finding Suitable Land for SDA Premises
8:00 – Choosing the Right Builder for SDA
8:57 – Enrollment of Dwellings Process
10:37 – Qualities of a Good SDA Provider
13:38 – Qualities of a Good SIL Provider
14:13 – Minimizing Risk of Vacancy through Location and Design
16:28 – Considerations for Potential SDA Providers
17:53 – Challenges Faced by SDA Providers
About the Speakers

David Whitelaw has 30 years’ experience in the disability sector as an educator and industry leader in Special Education and Specialist Disability Accommodation. David has a Bachelor of Education (Special Education), with a particular focus on Psychosocial Assessment and Behaviour Management. He has been a teacher, executive teacher, Principal and consultant in the New South Wales education system. Over the past three years, David has built up extensive relationships with Support Coordinators, Supported Independent Living Providers and Advocacy Groups. He has developed an extensive knowledge of the industry and has delivered Information sessions and seminars to a wide range of stakeholders associated with the NDIS. David also works side by side with participants and families to help them understand the complexities of Specialist Disability Accommodation and guide them through the process to achieve their housing goals.

Tania Gomez is a dynamic entrepreneur with a passion for helping NDIS providers run thriving businesses that deliver exceptional care. With over a decade of experience as a successful business owner, Tania has founded four successful businesses – Provider+, Strawberry Solutions, Tania Gomez Consulting and Jelli Beanz. Her mission is to help providers overcome challenges and achieve real business outcomes. At every turn, Tania brings her expertise, energy, and deep commitment to quality and compliance to help providers achieve their goals.

As an NDIS Auditor since 2019, Tania brings a wealth of experience to her consulting work. In addition to her audit expertise and entrepreneurial spirit, Tania holds several qualifications, including a Master of Education (Leadership), Graduate Certificate of Disability Practice Management, and Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and Diploma of Quality auditing. Above all, Tania is passionate about helping purpose-led businesses move past compliance for compliance’s sake and sees quality as the secret to a sustainable, profitable and successful business that delivers high-quality outcomes to its clients.


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