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Vista Access Architects Blog

21 December 2022
Over the past 2 months, Farah Madon has been working on behalf of ACAA (Association of Consultants in Access Australia) with a small group of people including representatives from the building industry, design professionals, certifiers and accessibil...
06 December 2022
Farah Madon awarded ACAA Fellow Membership Farah Madon was awarded ACAA (Association of Consultants in Access Australia) Fellow membership at the 2022 ACAA AGM for her significant contribution to ACAA and to the field of disability access. Farah has ...
11 September 2022
Bite size technical article on AS1428.1-2021- Luminance contrast where one colour is known and you need to know what the contrasting colour needs to be, to comply with luminance contrast requirements for BCA/NCC or NDIS SDA (Specialist Disability Acc...
17 April 2022
AS1428.1:2021- Bite size technical article 1 - Application of 1500mm clear width to Curved walkways and ramps AS1428.1:2021 (Desing for Access and Mobility) Clause 7.4(f) Curved walkways, ramps and landings The AS1428.1-2009 Clause 10.4 the foll...
23 October 2021
An existing dwelling can be refurbished to qualify as a 'new build' for SDA (Specialist Disability Accomodation) funding. But have you considered the minimum refurbishment cost ? SDA Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits 2021-22 (previously the Price...
22 October 2021
It is with great joy that we announce that Vista Access Architects are a finalist in the;  2021 Altitude Awards in the Excellence in Inclusion category                        ...
10 September 2021
Master Builders QLD - Wide Bay Burnett Housing & Construction Awards 2021 It is with immense pleasure that we announce that the very first project certified by Vista Access Architects in QLD for SDA at both the Design and As-built stages, has won...
28 August 2021
NDIS SDA Dwelling types One of the most common questions we get asked is how to determine the SDA dwelling type. This is not a straightforward answer as what the building industry may refer to as a House or a Group home or a Villa may not neatly...
23 August 2021
The new NSW Housing SEPP will consolidate five existing housing-related NSW SEPPs: 1. State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 (ARHSEPP); 2. State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors and People with a Disabi...
22 July 2021
Event Details In this webinar, Farah will be introducing the updated version of AS1428.1:2021 which was released in June 2021. It is anticipated that the updated AS1428.1:2021 will be incorporated in the BCA/NCC 2022. Updates provide clarity to AS142...
10 July 2021
Farah Madon of Vista Access Architects was invited to present a webinar on Universal Design and Housing options for People with a Disability in Australia at the 2021 Hong Kong Accessibility Webinar III. A link to the presentation is on https://f...
06 April 2021
SDA Tools App has a set of calculators developed to assist with the design and assessment of dwellings developed under the NDIS SDA (National Disability Insurance Scheme - Specialist Disability Accommodation) The SDA Tools App has 3 Calculators. 1. N...
09 October 2020
Vista Access Architects are delighted to announce the completion of our very first Final-as-built Certification for an SDA (Specialist Disability Accommodation) HPS (High Physical Support) home in Avenell Heights QLD for our Client Liveable Home...
22 August 2020
The NDIS SDA Price Guide 2020-21 has an Appendix B for Annual Base Price per participant for New Builds, Appendix C for Annual Base Price per participant for Existing Stock and Appendix D for Annual Base Price per participant for Legacy Stock. Howeve...
22 August 2020
The NDIS SDA Price Guide 2020-21 has an Appendix B for Annual Base Price per participant for New Builds, Appendix C for Annual Base Price per participant for Existing Stock and Appendix D for Annual Base Price per participant for Legacy Stock. Howeve...
25 July 2020
Funding of the types of dwelling eligible for SDA funding are noted in NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) SDA Price Guide. Therefore, to seek SDA funding the SDA dwelling is required to fit into one of the below dwelling types. Types of fund...
05 May 2020
Is your SDA (Specialist Disability Accommodation) Assessor a NDIS Accredited SDA Assessor? NDIS SDA (Specialist Disability Accommodation) Assessments and Certifications under the new NDIS SDA Design Standard can only be provided by an NDIS Accredited...
19 March 2020
The SDA price for a particular dwelling depends on the location of the dwelling. To derive an SDA price limit for a particular dwelling, the Base Price (before the fire sprinkler allowance) is multiplied by the Location Factor relevant to the propert...
21 February 2020
SDA Density Restrictions "How many SDA participants can be accommodated in a development and in particular in a multi-unit residential building?". This is a very common question that we are asked by SDA developers and the answer is not that straightf...
15 November 2019
'LRV Contrast' App developed by Vista Access Architects and BEZAPPS for calculating LRV (Luminance Reflectance Value) Contrast has just been judged as a finalist in the 2019 Australian Access Awards for the Educational App of the year categ...

Vista Access Architects Blog

21 December 2022
Over the past 2 months, Farah Madon has been working on behalf of ACAA (Association of Consultants in Access Australia) with a small group of people including representatives from the building industry, design professionals, certifiers and accessibil...
06 December 2022
Farah Madon awarded ACAA Fellow Membership Farah Madon was awarded ACAA (Association of Consultants in Access Australia) Fellow membership at the 2022 ACAA AGM for her significant contribution to ACAA and to the field of disability access. Farah has ...
11 September 2022
Bite size technical article on AS1428.1-2021- Luminance contrast where one colour is known and you need to know what the contrasting colour needs to be, to comply with luminance contrast requirements for BCA/NCC or NDIS SDA (Specialist Disability Acc...
17 April 2022
AS1428.1:2021- Bite size technical article 1 - Application of 1500mm clear width to Curved walkways and ramps AS1428.1:2021 (Desing for Access and Mobility) Clause 7.4(f) Curved walkways, ramps and landings The AS1428.1-2009 Clause 10.4 the foll...
23 October 2021
An existing dwelling can be refurbished to qualify as a 'new build' for SDA (Specialist Disability Accomodation) funding. But have you considered the minimum refurbishment cost ? SDA Pricing Arrangements and Price Limits 2021-22 (previously the Price...
22 October 2021
It is with great joy that we announce that Vista Access Architects are a finalist in the;  2021 Altitude Awards in the Excellence in Inclusion category                        ...
10 September 2021
Master Builders QLD - Wide Bay Burnett Housing & Construction Awards 2021 It is with immense pleasure that we announce that the very first project certified by Vista Access Architects in QLD for SDA at both the Design and As-built stages, has won...
28 August 2021
NDIS SDA Dwelling types One of the most common questions we get asked is how to determine the SDA dwelling type. This is not a straightforward answer as what the building industry may refer to as a House or a Group home or a Villa may not neatly...
23 August 2021
The new NSW Housing SEPP will consolidate five existing housing-related NSW SEPPs: 1. State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 (ARHSEPP); 2. State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors and People with a Disabi...
22 July 2021
Event Details In this webinar, Farah will be introducing the updated version of AS1428.1:2021 which was released in June 2021. It is anticipated that the updated AS1428.1:2021 will be incorporated in the BCA/NCC 2022. Updates provide clarity to AS142...
10 July 2021
Farah Madon of Vista Access Architects was invited to present a webinar on Universal Design and Housing options for People with a Disability in Australia at the 2021 Hong Kong Accessibility Webinar III. A link to the presentation is on https://f...
06 April 2021
SDA Tools App has a set of calculators developed to assist with the design and assessment of dwellings developed under the NDIS SDA (National Disability Insurance Scheme - Specialist Disability Accommodation) The SDA Tools App has 3 Calculators. 1. N...
09 October 2020
Vista Access Architects are delighted to announce the completion of our very first Final-as-built Certification for an SDA (Specialist Disability Accommodation) HPS (High Physical Support) home in Avenell Heights QLD for our Client Liveable Home...
22 August 2020
The NDIS SDA Price Guide 2020-21 has an Appendix B for Annual Base Price per participant for New Builds, Appendix C for Annual Base Price per participant for Existing Stock and Appendix D for Annual Base Price per participant for Legacy Stock. Howeve...
22 August 2020
The NDIS SDA Price Guide 2020-21 has an Appendix B for Annual Base Price per participant for New Builds, Appendix C for Annual Base Price per participant for Existing Stock and Appendix D for Annual Base Price per participant for Legacy Stock. Howeve...
25 July 2020
Funding of the types of dwelling eligible for SDA funding are noted in NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) SDA Price Guide. Therefore, to seek SDA funding the SDA dwelling is required to fit into one of the below dwelling types. Types of fund...
05 May 2020
Is your SDA (Specialist Disability Accommodation) Assessor a NDIS Accredited SDA Assessor? NDIS SDA (Specialist Disability Accommodation) Assessments and Certifications under the new NDIS SDA Design Standard can only be provided by an NDIS Accredited...
19 March 2020
The SDA price for a particular dwelling depends on the location of the dwelling. To derive an SDA price limit for a particular dwelling, the Base Price (before the fire sprinkler allowance) is multiplied by the Location Factor relevant to the propert...
21 February 2020
SDA Density Restrictions "How many SDA participants can be accommodated in a development and in particular in a multi-unit residential building?". This is a very common question that we are asked by SDA developers and the answer is not that straightf...
15 November 2019
'LRV Contrast' App developed by Vista Access Architects and BEZAPPS for calculating LRV (Luminance Reflectance Value) Contrast has just been judged as a finalist in the 2019 Australian Access Awards for the Educational App of the year categ...