SDA Mastery: The Basics of Design Categories

Duration: 00:10:34

Released Date: February 07, 2024

Tania Gomez

Debbie Kindness and Minh Le


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In this episode, Tania Gomez Consulting interviews Debbie Kindness and Minh Le of NDIS Property Australia to discuss the basics of design categories for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) homes. They discuss the different categories, such as Improved Livability, robustness, Fully Accessibility, and High Physical Support, explaining their features and funding levels. The interview highlights the factors determining these categories’ pricing, including the construction cost and land requirements. They also address the role of SDA assessors in determining the category of a house and the challenges faced when the available houses don’t meet the desired standards. Overall, this video provides valuable insights into the design categories of SDA homes and their impact on funding and accessibility.

Episode Highlights
0:00 – Introduction
2:57 – IL (Improved Livability) Category
3:39 – Robust Category
4:46 – Fully Accessible Category
5:40 – High Physical Support Category
7:26 – Pricing Differences of Categories
8:00 – Determining SDA Category
9:11 – Availability Challenges
10:22 – Participants with Different Funding Levels
About the Speakers

Debbie Kindness is the General Manager at NDIS Property Australia, where she leads efforts to enhance property solutions tailored for the needs of the NDIS community. With a strong background in property management and a deep commitment to improving accessibility and quality of life for people with disabilities, Debbie oversees the strategic development and operational excellence of the organization. Her leadership is marked by a keen focus on innovation and sustainability in NDIS property development, ensuring that every project not only meets but exceeds the standards necessary for a supportive and enabling environment for its residents.

Minh Le is leading an initiative at NDIS Property Australia to enhance Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) across Australia. Through their podcast, “The SDA HOUSING Podcast,” they engage with stakeholders nationwide to expedite the delivery of purpose-built SDA dwellings, reducing wait times for people with disabilities. Minh encourages collaboration within the NDIS community to promote choice and control for SDA participants. Connect with them on Twitter at @SDAHousingPoddy or visit www.sdahousingpodcast.com.au to learn more and get involved.

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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