specialist disability accomModation (sda)

OC Connections offers specialist disability accommodation (SDA) in South East Melbourne, including: Ashwood, Chadstone, Clayton, Hampton East, Mount Waverley, Oakleigh and Oakleigh South. This is dedicated disability accommodation for varying support needs.

What Is Specialist Disability AccomModation?

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is dedicated accessible housing for people with a disability.  It includes modified houses, at varying levels, to meet the specialised disability needs of people with a disability.

OC Connections manage 14 houses in South East Melbourne which are SDA assessed and registered with varying levels of accessibility and liveability to meet the needs of a diverse population.
We help those with disabilities find an appropriate environment to meet physical and specialised disability support needs in our disability accommodation housing.

A Range of Specialist Disability AccomModation Types

Specialist Disability Accommodation is categorised depending on its level of accessibility. 

These categories include: basic, improved liveability, robust and high physical support.  OC Connections manage houses in each of these categories. You can see a list of our houses with vacancies here

When you ask for SDA in your NDIS plan, the NDIS will require you to have an assessment to determine eligibility and which category of Specialist Disability Accommodation housing will best suit your needs.  The NDIS will fund you for this assessment. You can find out more about accessing SDA NDIS funding and disability housing below.

How do I Access Specialist Disability Accommodation NDIS Funding?

Specialist Disability Accommodation is NDIS funded. Participants need to be assessed for


In order to be assessed for SDA funding, you need to have 1) a housing goal in your NDIS plan, 2) NDIS funding for an SDA application, 3) an identified need for specialist disability accommodation (SDA). This will be your accessibility requirements.


You can work with a support coordinator to assist you to determine whether your current NDIS plan can accommodate for this disability accommodation service, or if you require a NDIS plan review to include both the housing goal and funding for an SDA application. You can also discuss this at your NDIS planning review meeting.


Once you have NDIS funding for the SDA application, your support coordinator can create a Housing Plan (SDA funding application), which will present evidence based on your requirements for Specialist disability accommodation funding, and will submit this to the NDIS.


The NDIS will review your application and will decide: If you are eligible for SDA funding Which SDA housing design category will best suit your disability needs & support.


Once you know which category of SDA housing you have funding for, you can search for disability accommodation vacancies by disability providers in the area where you wish to live. You can see our list of vacancies here

Note:  Provision of SDA refers to the provision of the dwelling itself, and not the supports or services (such as Supported Independent Living), which may be delivered in the dwelling.  Such disability supports and services are assessed and funded separately by the NDIS. OC Connections provides disability accommodation services including: Supported Independent Living, Short Term Accommodation (Respite), Specialist Disability Accommodation & In Home Support Services

Why Choose OC Connections as your SDA Provider?


We have a Specialist Disability Accommodation vacancy that is inline with your assessment

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You know about OC Connections as a professional disability SDA provider and are accessing other disability services of ours

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You share our vision and mission for providing dedicated support of Specialist Disability Accommodation for people with a disability


OC Connections have a number of specialist disability accommodation vacancies available. Places exist in Hampton East, Clayton, Ashwood, Mount Waverley, Oakleigh and Oakleigh South. Details are listed below and further details and applications can be made via Housing Hub (see links for each house listed). Please note, that while OC Connections manages and staffs all houses listed, some are owned by DHHS and the application process will be managed by their agency

OC Connections Oakleigh Accommodation Redevelopment Project House For Disability Short Term Accomodation


2 bedroom vacancy in a High Physical Support group home. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with two shared living areas, a separate kitchen and kitchenette, two wheelchair accessible bathrooms and toilets. An undercover area at the back of the house to enjoy relaxing. This house is owned by DHHS and managed by OC Connections.

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OC Connections Oakleigh Accommodation Redevelopment Project House For Disability Short Term Accomodation


1 bedroom vacancy High Physical Support, wheelchair accessible, group home. 5 bedroom, 2 bathrooms only a short drive to Chadstone Shopping Centre or Mount Waverley Village and Monash Medical Centre. There are two shared living areas, one with a kitchenette, a separate kitchen and dining room, two bathrooms and separate toilet. An undercover area at the back of the house and raised vegetable garden beds. This house is owned by DHHS and managed by OC Connections.

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1 bedroom vacancy in this basic group home. 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, a short walk to Chadstone Shopping Centre, Oakleigh precinct, Scotchman’s Creek Walking track and Oakleigh Recreation Centre and 5km from Monash Medical Centre. The house features a large backyard with garden and is located next door to another OC Connections managed SDA property.

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1 bedroom vacancy, Robust NDIS design category. 6-bedroom home with 2 main bathrooms used by only 3 of the residents, 2 living areas and an open plan kitchen and dining area. 2-bedroom unit coming off the lounge area with their own bathroom, occupied by two residents. A sizable outdoor space with vegetable garden and grassed area. Close to Westfield Shopping Centre with easy access to public transport (bus) and Medical One medical centre (Moorabbin). This house is owned and managed by OC Connections.

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1 spacious bedroom available in this SDA “improved livability” home of 5 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Includes shared kitchen, dining area and two generous living spaces, plus bbq and grassed areas. Close to Huntingdale Train Station and Oakleigh Central. Overnight support is provided by way of sleepover model between 10pm and 7am.

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Looking for something else?

If the type of disability accommodation and support you are looking for isn’t listed here, we can discuss upcoming vacancies in our other homes, or other support options that will suit your needs. Get in contact with us today to discuss your needs and explore our options.

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Enquire about our Specialist Disability Support services options via our enquiry form, emailing our team or calling us on (03) 9569 0603

Specialist Disability Accommodation FAQS

  • What is specialist disability accommodation?

    Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is accessible housing built or modified for people with disability.

  • Are there different types of specialist disability accommodation?

    Specialist Disability Accommodation is assessed and categories into four design categories:

    Basic – housing without specialist design features but with a location or other features that cater for the needs of people with a disability and assist with the delivery of support services

    Improved Liveability – housing that has been designed to improve ‘liveability’ by incorporating a reasonable level of physical access and enhanced provision for people with sensory, intellectual or cognitive impairment disabilities

    Robust – housing that has been designed to incorporate a high level of physical access provision and be very resilient, reducing the likelihood of reactive maintenance and reducing the risk to the participant and the community.

    High Physical Support – Housing that has been designed to incorporate a high level of physical access provision for people with significant physical impairment disabilities.


  • How does funding for NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation work?

    Funding for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is for the housing, not for the supports.  Participants must apply for NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation to be part of their NDIS plan.  However, prior to this, they must have funding for an SDA application as well as a goal for housing in their plan.  You can read more here.

  • Who is eligible for specialist disability accommodation?

    Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) is usually for people who have high functional impairment or high complex support needs and require specialist housing for specialised disabilities.

    You need to be assessed by NDIS to determine your eligibility for SDA. You can meet with us to discuss the process and requirements of SDA funding.

  • Who will I be living with in OC Connections SDA?

    When you select OC Connections as your preferred SDA provider, we will work with you to establish if any of our houses and occupants are the best fit for your needs, personality, requests and requirements.  

  • Which type of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) does OC Connections offer?

    OC Connections manage 14 houses in South East Melbourne which are Specialist Disability Accommodation assessed and registered with varying levels of accessibility and liveability to meet the needs of a diverse population.

    See our Specialist Disability Accommodation home categories and suburbs below:

    Mount Waverley
    Oakleigh South

    Improved Livability
    Oakleigh South


    High Physical Support

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