Housing Choices Australia Group - Annual Report 2020


The changes brought forward by the introduction of the SDA Rules have provided HCA with an opportunity to rethink, to innovate and to shape the future of disability accommodation in Australia. This has led to the creation of HCA’s own SDA Design and Development Principles. The objective of the principles is to ensure that HCA provides high quality housing outcomes for people with high support needs. The principles are reflective of HCA’s commitment to developing and managing housing which oers a new and refreshed approach to housing for people with a disability. The principles are intentionally based around values, rather than specific prescriptive requirements, so that there are always opportunities to innovate within the framework provided by the principles.

Housing Choices Australia has a proud history of providing accommodation for people with a disability for over 30 years and maintains a strong commitment to continuing its provision of innovative housing for people with a disability into the future. The introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Rules has led to significant changes in the way that housing is being delivered for people with a disability. SDA refers to accommodation for people who require specialist housing solutions that cater for their extreme functional impairment of very high support needs.


    Housing provides opportunities for residents to: • Interact with other residents and neighbours • Form friendships • Participate in the broader community


Housing supports residents to:

• Live an ordinary life • Increase and maintain their independence • Reduce reliance on funded support services • Have enhanced choice and control over how and where




Housing is designed to:

Housing is designed to:

Housing is designed to be:

• Provide new ways of living for people with a disability • Be comfortable, pleasurable, and aesthetically appealing • Be environmentally sustainable • Incorporate existing and emerging assistive technologies • Incorporate contemporary

• Support resident privacy, safety and security • Support long-term tenure • Not be distinguishable as specialist accommodation

• Functional, safe, accessible, and easy for residents to use • Safe and convenient for delivery of essential support services • Well-positioned in the community • Flexible to changing needs of residents • Robust and resistant to damage

design and construction techniques and materials


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