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A little bit of background knowledge:
SDA – Classification
All NDISP homes are registered with the NDIA. There are 4 levels of SDA registration that match to the level of SDA that can be approved in your NDIS Plan.
- High Physical Support
- Robust Care
- Fully Accessible
- Independent Living
- To apply for a property you will need to have SDA already approved in your plan or be in the process of applying for SDA.
- You must be 18 years old or over.
- SDA payments are very generous and in return the NDIA requires that you make a Reasonable Rent Contribution. This is set at 25% of your Disability Support Pension plus your Commonwealth Rent Assistance.
- Certain homes will require you to have a particular level SDA approved in your plan.
The SIL for a property will be advised on application. If you are a SIL and require places that would fill the entire property or all units in a complex please let us know.
So Now I Have Some Basic Knowledge, Where Do I Start?
- Fill in an NDISP Expression of Interest Form – filling in the form with as much detail as possible with help us ensure we get the right home for you
- Talk to your support coordinator/LAC or intermediary – You may be eligible for an SDA payment and are not aware
- Talk to your friends – If you can share your accommodation with a current friend, it would be an ideal situation. Let us know if you are applying with a firend
- NDISP will contact you – when a property that meets your criteria becomes available, NDISP or your SIL provider will contact you
- Agreements – All that’s required is a simple rental tenancy agreement. NDISP will claim the SDA payments directly from the NDIA and your Reasonable Rental Contribution of 25% of DSS payments directly from CenterLink.
- Move in – NDISP will work with you, your informal supports and care providers to ensure your move in smooth and care free. After moving in NDISP will continue to support you as the property manager.
Say Hello to Pip!
A few of you might already be familiar with this helpful tool. If your not, Pip is an assistive tool on our website that directs your questions to the correct people, so you get your answers sooner.
Simply click the blue square in the right-hand corner of the screen and confirm if your an investor, a participant, or if you work in the care industry. Depending on your answer, Pip will generate responses asking for your details and your question. Once all responses have been completed, your submission will be sent to our team.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions or make inquiries, we are happy to help.
Have you seen our YouTube Videos?
NDISP has their own YouTube channel with a variety of videos about what NDISP is, construction updates and more. If you’re a participant, investor or just want some more information about what we do, then check them out. Don’t forget to like, subscribe and leave a comment! Click on the image below to start watching our videos.
NDISP have released more SDA property walk through videos, check them out!
Have you ever wondered what a high physical support SDA property should look like? Then have a look at our most recent walk through videos.
Our homes are new, clean and easy living. Our properties contain the platinum plus features (information can be found on our website), large bedroom and bathroom areas, a courtyard and an outdoor area along with an accessible kitchen and very large living room.
Click on the following link to view our videos, https://www.ndisp.com.au/videos/.
NDISP will be releasing updates via email about what we’re up to, any updates regarding SDA or MTA, construction updates and general NDIS news. Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out on any news. You can subscribe via the ‘Blog‘ and ‘Resources‘ pages. A snippet has been included below for reference.
The National Disability Research Partnership launched 22nd June 2020, led by the Melbourne Disability Institute, aims to further disability research so that more opportunities and possibilities can be made available.
The Minister for Families and Social Services commented, ‘The (Australian) Government is committed to enabling people with disability to have equal opportunity and recognises the enormous role of disability research funding in fulfilling this commitment, that is why we have committed $2.5 million in seed funding to establish this research partnership.’
‘The National Disability Research Partnership will promote the use of evidence-informed policy and practice to ensure people with disability have equal opportunities and are included in all aspects of community life.’ The Minister then went on to say, ‘The Partnership will focus on disability and mainstream services including education, health, housing and justice, and facilitate research which recognises the diversity of experiences for people with disability.’
More information regarding this partnership can be found on the NDRP website via the following link, https://www.ndrp.org.au/
New legislation released 18th June establishing a nationwide consistent screening system for NDIS workers to improve the safety and care for participants.
The Minister for Disability Services Coralee O’Rourke released a new legislation advising that the Bill will replace previous screening methods under the Disability Services Act 2006 (DSA). O’Rourke advised, ‘This Bill will strengthen safeguards for people with disability following the roll out of the NDIS.’
‘The legislative amendments in this Bill will support the implementation of nationally-consistent worker screening for the first time ever.’
‘The new system for NDIS worker screening means clearances and exclusions will be recognised across all states and territories.’
‘The Bill will also enable ongoing monitoring of a screened worker’s criminal history at a national level. This means that if someone commits an offence in another state or territory, we will know about it and be able to take action to assess whether the person should be issued with an exclusion.’
Other changes will include:
- Strengthened identity requirements when completing online applications
- Ability to automatically disqualify people convicted of offences such as sexual and serious assault offences
- Strengthened decision-making framework that reflects a person’s history to assess whether they could bring potential harm to people with disabilities.
- The power to suspend a clearance if a card holder has had a change to their application/assessment information
- Clearances will remain valid for five years
The current screening process will continue and apply until a time subject to national agreement. O’Rourke finished her release with ‘Ensuring that Queenslanders with disability are protected is our highest priority.’ More information can be found via the following link, http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2020/6/18/new-legislation-to-strengthen-disability-worker-checks?fbclid=IwAR1yijHDyfc5fonC02COQlM8kCKEgkVxW5fHUxT7lD1yoU9OUZtD6Ob676g
In a media release earlier today, the NDIS minister confirmed that further changes will be made to the delivery of NDIS plans so that participants have more choice and flexibility when accessing SDA assistance/funding.
The minister advised that the changes to the SDA rules will mean that couples can share a bedroom if they choose, and children will be able to share a room with their parents or siblings. The minister confirmed that these changes are important as they assist participants in reaching their goal of independence.
The following was announced during the release, ‘The NDIS enables people with disability to live more independently and one of the most fundamental aspects of all our lives is having choice and control over where we live, who we live with and the supports we need,’ Mr Robert said. ‘We are improving the range of options available to participants who have SDA in their NDIS plans, while also stimulating growth in the SDA housing market.’
Hello everyone! We hope those that could attend our open homes on the 16th June enjoyed themselves and our properties. If you couldn’t make it, don’t forget that you can still view our properties on our website via the SDA Properties tab. We a have a wide variety of properties both for sale and rent. If you have any questions or want to get in contact, don’t forget to call or email us, we are happy to help.
The NDIS Minister advised via a media release, that as of the 1st July 2020 the following will apply:
- The removal of temporary 10% loading on core and capacity building supports
- Cancellation periods will be reduced to levels under the previous policy
- Medium Term Accommodation (MTA) periods will be reverted to the original policy of 90 days
He also confirmed that the government will continue to monitor the situation/conditions and make changes as required. The minister advised, ‘Since the announcement of these initiatives on 21 March, almost $600 million in one-month advance payments was paid to almost 5,000 providers to offer immediate cash flow relief and keep participant services going,’. It was also noted that, ‘At the height of the pandemic, close to $300 million was claimed in average weekly provider payments, indicating the majority of services have been continuing with participants accessing the disability supports they need.’
The full article can be found on the NDIS website via the following: https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/4844-update-ndis-coronavirus-response
The NDIS Commissioner has released a media announcement confirming that provider banning powers will be strengthened to ensure the safety and care for NDIS participants. The commissioner advised that the amendments to the Strengthening Banning Orders Bill 2020 will be introduced to Parliament in the coming sitting.
The enforcement of this Bill will mean that the Commissioner will be able to apply banning orders to people who are deemed not suitable as an NDIS provider. This includes any persons who pose a risk of harm to participants. It will also stop providers from entering or re-entering if deemed unsuitable. The Commissioner will be able to use information from outside sources such as looking into a person’s conduct in aged or child care.
More information can be found on the NDIS website via the following: https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/4841-new-banning-powers-strengthen-protections-ndis-participants
Annual Price Review – NDIS Update
Our previous post explained some of the updates made to the 2020-21 Price Guide however let’s look at what else was reviewed during the annual price review.
As advised by the Minister during a media release on the 3rd June 2020, the objective of this review was to make things easier for everyone involved including the participants, the families, carers and providers.
The minister, Mr Robert confirmed that new initiatives have been added to the Price Guide to encourage participants to find employment and to support participants with psychosocial disability to achieve their goals. ‘While we continue the hard work of keeping people with disability safe from the coronavirus, we are also keeping an eye to continuing the rollout of the NDIS,’ Mr Robert said.
‘It is imperative people with disability get value for money for their supports and providers are confident in their ability to continue to provide services. I’m satisfied the new NDIS Price Guide has found the right balance to continue the growth and success of this world-first Scheme.’
Other updates from the NDIS price review include; providers being able to claim non-labour costs associated with travel, the simplification of pricing arrangements for group-based supports along with further support options for participants, and the expansion of employment opportunities and prospects for participants.
NDIS Article can be found using the following: https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/4835-delivering-ndis-annual-price-review-leads-simpler-more-flexible-scheme
NDIS have released the 2020-21 Price Guide and corresponding documents, which will come into effect on the 1st July 2020. The documents relating to the updates will be reviewed further in mid-June as they are dependent on the Fair Work Commission decision on the minimum wage. Due to this, the documents available via the NDIS website contain price limits based on 2019-20 figures. They do however contain a 10 per cent limit increase in response to COVID-19.
How this affects us? Well, there has been updates made regarding Supported Independent Living (SIL) which will impact the way in which business is conducted.
For one there is now set price limits for SIL supports that will replace the current quoting and negotiation process. Set figures will be confirmed and in effect as of the 1st July 2020.
NDIA is also reviewing the SIL price controls and endorsed recommendations which will be included in the Price Guide in the coming month. Until this review has been conducted, the price limits for assistance with daily living will apply to SIL supports.
What about previous SIL quotes? Existing quotes within plans will continue as agreed until the end of their 12-month term, at which point the new price limit will apply.
New SIL Provider Packs will be available via the NDIS website before the 1st July 2020 using the below link.
For more information regarding these updates and to review the Price Guide, please click on the following: https://www.ndis.gov.au/providers/price-guides-and-pricing
It is the First Day of Winter and Restrictions are Being Lifted
It has been confirmed everyone, in line with the ‘Roadmap to easing Queensland’s restrictions’ Stage 2 has commenced. What this means for you?
There is now unlimited travel and overnight stays for all of Queensland. You can now dine in and have seated drinks at cafe’s, restaurants and pubs as long as the COVID SAFE Industry Plan is followed i.e. only 20 patrons per room/venue.
You will also be seeing the opening of libraries, museums, galleries and open homes and auctions.
For more information, please review the ‘Roadmap to easing Queensland’s restrictions’ Flyer available via the following link: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/127150/DPC7309-COVID-19-Restrictions-roadmap.pdf
National Reconciliation Week 27th May – 3rd June 2020
The theme of NRW this year is ‘In this Together’. It is a reminder that whether we are in a crisis or reconciliation we are all #InThisTogether
In case you didn’t know, NRW is a time for all Australians to learn about shared histories, cultures, and achievements. It is also to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. NRW is conducted the same time each year from the 27th May to 3rd June. These dates commemorate the 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
For more information regarding National Reconciliation Week, please visit the following link: https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/
Another Beautifully Completed Room
Everyone has pitched in and the final results are beautiful. We couldn’t be happier and hope you like it to.
Our bedrooms are spacious and feature a kitchenette including a fridge, microwave, and sink. They also have plenty of room for additional storage and include wall mounted TV’s.
You can view our properties on the following: https://www.ndisp.com.au/property/
Check Out NDISP’s New Ready To Go Rental Properties
Have you had a look at our SDA Property Rentals lately. Three new properties are up on our website and available now. They all look amazing, so make sure to make your inquiries soon because they may not last for long.
Link to rental page: https://www.ndisp.com.au/rental/
Exclusive Accessible Design Without Compromise
NDISP is like no other with their Platinum Plus SDA Properties; smart designs, all inclusive standard features and premium locations. Platinum Plus includes non slip tiles, keyless security systems, home automation systems and so much more.
By using smart home automations, you can have all the freedom to control your environment. From your phone/tablet you can control the lights, fans, TV, blinds and doors with just a touch. Platinum Plus also gives you the independence to enter and leave your home without assistance.
All NDISP smart homes have doors with automatic openers that can be controlled using your voice, a pin code, a phone/tablet or key. Our homes also come with attractive concealed ceiling rails pre-installed to take you from bed to bathroom. All bedrooms are generously oversized to allow for the extra equipment you may need on a daily basis. Bathrooms typically exceed the standards set in the LHA Platinum certification. Emergency call via voice or button activation. And the best part of all, every bedroom has its own fully accessible bathroom! No sharing required!
Click the following link to express your interest in NDISP Homes: https://www.ndisp.com.au/formpage_eoi_rental/
What Does SDA Stand for and What is a SDA Property?
NDISP specializes in SDA properties, which stands for Specialist Disability Accommodation. This type of accommodation is purpose built for those who need a high level of support or who have functional impairments. A portion of NDIS participants are eligible for SDA funding, which covers the cost of their accommodation as specified in their plan which is managed by their plan manager. SDA properties can include houses, units, townhouses, group homes and so on. It is NDISP’s mission to make these accessible properties into desirable homes for our investors and participants.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.
On top of providing for sale and rental properties, NDISP also manages other SDA properties
We work with people who are people focused and are all about choice for participants. Occasionally we will manage properties that we haven’t been involved in from the design stage.
To make and inquiry about property management, click the ‘Manage My Property’ button on the home screen of the website. Simply fill in the contact form confirming your name, email, subject and message, and a NDISP worker will be in touch.
Remember to Stay Safe through the Easing of Restrictions
As of the 16th May 2020, Stage 1 of easing restrictions begins. While this is an exciting time for everyone, please remember to stay safe and continue practicing good hygiene and social distancing. Hoping everyone has a good weekend.
More information regarding the restrictions is available via the QLD Governments website. To view the PDF version of the ‘Roadmap to easing Queensland’s restrictions’ please click the following link: https://www.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/127150/DPC7309-COVID-19-Restrictions-roadmap.pdf
Did you know that the NDISP Website has a Video Collection?
NDISP has a variety of additional resources available in order to assist. One great resource is the Video Collection. All videos are approximately 1 to 2 minutes long and address many topics whether you’re a potential investor, a NDIS participant or you just have a general inquiry.
The below screenshots show just a few of the available videos on offer. Click on the following link to view our videos: https://www.ndisp.com.au/videos/