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SDA Dwelling Categories 
SDA payments can only be made to an SDA 
provider that provides housing which meets 
the NDIS' SDA design requirements. The 
Building Code of Australia (BCA) classifications 
are used to define the physical characteristics 
of each category. The SOA dwelling categories 
are as follows: 
Improved Liveability 
Fully Accessible 
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Designed to improve •liveability' by 
incorporating a reasonable level of 
physical access and enhanced provision 
for people with sensory, intellectual or 
cognitive impairment. 
Minimum Requirements: 
Liveable Housing Australia 'Silver' 
level. 
The designed environment responds 
to the needs of participants through 
improved physical access and 
enhanced provision for participants 
with sensory, intellectual or 
cognitive impairment. For example, 
Improved Liveability dwellings 
should include one or more 
additional design features such as 
the below depending on the needs 
Of the participants: Luminance 
contrasts; Improved wayfinding; 
and/or Lines of sight. 
Designed to incorporate a high level of 
physical access provision for people 
with significant physical impairment. 
Minimum Requirements: 
Liveable Housing Australia 'Platinum' 
level. 
External doors and external outdoor 
private areas to be accessible by 
wheelchair. 
Bathroom vanity/hand basin to be 
accessible in seated or standing 
position. 
Power supply to doors and windows 
(blinds), for retrofit of automation 
as necessary. 
Consideration must be *Iven 
to whether it is appropriate for 
the kitchen sink, cooktop, meal 
preparation bench area and key 
appliances (dishwasher, oven, 
microwave oven and laundry 
appliances) to be accessible in 
seated or standing position.