SDA Mastery: The Participant Funding Process for SDA

Duration: 00:23:24

Released Date: February 21, 2024

Tania Gomez

Brendon Woolf  
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In this episode, Brendon Woolf shares his inspiring three-year journey of applying for and obtaining Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). Brendon discusses his initial motivation for applying, his challenges during the process, and the importance of choice and control in home and living decisions for participants. Despite setbacks and multiple appeals, Brendon’s determination and advocacy ultimately led to the approval of his application. He resides in his home, surrounded by memorabilia representing his hard-fought victory. Brendon’s story inspires others to consider SDA and highlights the positive shifts in the agency’s thinking regarding participant-led decisions and increased funding for SDA.

Episode Highlights
1:03 – Brendon’s Journey to SDA
2:39 – Applying for SDA
3:16 – Challenges with SDA Application
4:37 – Appealing to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
8:12 – Long Process of Appeals
10:42 – Positive Shift in Agency’s Thinking
11:34 – Adapt Housing and Assistance
13:45 – Living in Logan Lane
15:16 – SDA Design Standards and Participant Input
16:35 – Independent Support Workers
17:01 – Making the Home Personal
20:49 – Future Goals: Employment and Advocacy
22:39 – Importance of SDA for Participants
22:59 – Importance of Location in SDA
About the Speakers

Brendon Woolf serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Brighter Living Australia, where he plays a pivotal role in steering the organization towards its mission. With a focus on delivering high-quality, innovative solutions, Brendon oversees operations to ensure the smooth functioning of the company. His leadership contributes to Brighter Living Australia’s commitment to providing sustainable and accessible living options for individuals across the country.

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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