Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in Australia
The State of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in Australia
Demand for specialist disability accommodation (SDA) has grown as institutional and private investors swoop in on this fast-growing sector.
The number of active providers has inflated by 33% over the past year. There are currently 1,744 new dwellings in the pipeline across Australia with Queensland and NSW receiving the most at 552 and 506 respectively.
More than two thirds of these dwellings are for high physical support however funding for this category is the hardest to obtain. At present, nationally an estimated 77% of SDA places are in existing and legacy dwellings.
A substantial amount of existing and legacy stock is not suited for participant needs. As new dwellings are constructed and the SDA market becomes both more mature and transparent, it is becoming more akin to the standard residential rental market where participants have increased living options and naturally gravitate to higher quality accommodation that suits their individual requirements.
Over the past 12 months, the proportion of participants living in SDA who are looking for an alternative dwelling has increased from 1.8% to 11.3%. At the same time, the number of New Build dwellings has increased by over 80%. In Queensland, where a considerable amount of new development has occurred, 1 in every 6 participants in an SDA dwelling are looking for an alternative dwelling.