SDA Mastery: The Reality of Being an SDA Provider

Duration: 00:28:24

Released Date: March 06, 2024

Tania Gomez

Dan Acfield


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Curious about best practices or the nitty-gritty of commercial models? Wondering about the dynamic between SDA and SIL providers? We’ve got answers! Plus, we’ll dish out tips on managing conflicts of interest and demystify the SDA plan review process. In this episode, we deeply dive into the transformative journey of becoming an SDA provider. Our special guest, a former teacher and public guardian office employee, shares their unique perspective on the profound positive social changes SDA facilitates and its crucial role in offering housing choices to individuals with disabilities. The conversation gives us an overview of various facets of SDA provision, from defining the role of an SDA provider and exploring diverse business models to emphasizing the distinction between SDA providers and Supported Independent Living (SIL) providers. Our guest also discusses the importance of values-based approaches and person-centered care, explaining the challenges and rewards inherent in the SDA provider role. Practical insights, such as payment structures and the Reasonable Rental Contribution (RRC), are explored, offering a comprehensive understanding of the operational aspects. The episode culminates with invaluable advice for those venturing into the SDA space, advocating for a participant-led model and emphasizing thorough research to ensure a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Episode Highlights
0:00 – Introduction
00:25 – Dan’s SDA journey
01:00 – Motivation for positive social change and improved housing options through SDA
02:27 – Clarifying SDA providers as NDIS-registered entities
03:55 – Addressing confusion about SDA providers
04:50 – Best practices for SDA providers
06:11 – Commercial models of SDA providers
07:50 – Attributes of a good SIL provider
09:55 – Relationship between SDA and SIL providers
12:10 – Attributes of a good SIL provider
13:03 – Conflict of interest between SDA and SIL providers
14:56 – Challenges for SDA providers
16:35 – Rewards of being an SDA provider
18:10 – Career transition from teacher/public servant to running a for-profit business
20:11 – Expansion plans for SDA housing in Queensland
22:10 – Technical details of SDA provider payments
25:01 – Clarifying disability support
27:01 – Participant-led model in SDA
About the Speakers

Dan Acfield CEO of Everhomes, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities through accessible housing solutions. Leading the charge in Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), he has steered Everhomes to the forefront of the industry, providing person-centered housing options that promote independence and dignity. With a background in human rights advocacy and teaching, coupled with experience as a musician, Dan brings a unique blend of skills to his mission of creating a more inclusive society. Committed to innovation and impact, he continues to seek opportunities to make a difference, both within Everhomes and beyond.

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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