Mythbusters - Myth 2
If you currently live in SDA housing and want your family to live with you, then you will need to tell your SDA provider who you want to live with unless you own your own SDA. If you have an SDA provider, they will advise the rental amount which may be similar to rental costs in the mainstream rental market.
If you are SDA eligible and don't intend on owning your own SDA, you will need to apply or approach the SDA Housing Provider about your intended living arrangements.
Should you decide that you would like to share your SDA bedroom with another person, the NDIS will ask you to confirm with your planner in writing who you’ve chosen to share with. The NDIS needs this information to check you’re not being asked to share your bedroom if you don’t want to. They also want to ensure that having more than one person in the bedroom won’t lead to a serious risk of harm to you.
Andrea is 33 years old and has cerebral palsy. She currently lives in a one-bedroom SDA by herself. Andrea has a partner, Michael, and they have agreed they would like to live together. Andrea would like Michael to move in and share her bedroom. Andrea contacts the NDIS to discuss this change.
The NDIS are satisfied that Andrea is happy with this change and they did not identify any concerns about risk or safety. The NDIS also did not find any possible problems for Andrea receiving the disability-related support she will require. The SDA provider will also need to agree to this new arrangement. Michael is not an NDIS participant so he and Andrea will need to talk through with the provider and agree on how much rent needs to be paid by Michael.
Contact our NDIS Housing Advice Line on 1300 61 64 63 from Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm (AEDT).