Ever since the introduction of Supported Disability Accommodation funding through the NDIS, housing for people living with disability in Australia has been remodeled (or is in the process) from a traditional grants-based funding system to a market-based funding system. This means that people living with disability get to have more say, on how their home funding is put to use. Government-sponsored projections put the SDA funding initiative market to grow by over AUD $5 billion in the next four years.
Drivers of an Effective SDA Market
A paper jointly released by the Summer Foundation and PwC titled: “NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation: Pathway to a Mature Market” identified the following features as a prerequisite for an effective and mature SDA market.
Estimates put the number of young people living in aged care at least 6,200; with about 2,000 more entering aged care each year. In some regions in Australia, young people occupy more than 20% of all aged care facilities. With an annual budget of more than AUD $700 million, SDA clearly has the capacity to mitigate this imminent disaster.
Over the next few years, SDA properties in Australia are expected to collectively hold a value of more than AUD $11.5 billion broken down as follows:
SDA funding has since moved from the policy design stage to the implementation stage. What we are seeing now are the wheels moving. SDA houses are being set up across Australian cities and the market is responding. Large financial institutions have begun processing transactions and more large developers are starting to get in on the action as well to meet the estimated a couple dozen SDA housing units needed over the next 4 years. SDA funding initiative seems to have taken off quite well and the market is responding.