All dwellings proposed for New Build SDA enrolment post 1 July 2021 will be required to provide Certification by an Accredited SDA Assessor at BOTH Design stage and at Final-as-built Stage. Compliance is required with the provisions of Edition 1.1 of the NDIS SDA Design Standard based on the particular design category. NDIA will accept enrolments through this new process from 30 April 2020. A dwelling can be enrolled under multiple design categories.
At Design Stage – The drawings and specifications are required to clearly show ALL requirements as noted in the particular design category in the SDA Design Standard. There are no concessions available for any non-compliances, so it is essential that the Architect allows for construction tolerances.
At Final-as-built Stage – The built dwelling is required to fully comply with the requirements of SDA Design Standard. In addition to full compliance required for spatial requirements at a site inspection, the applicant will also need to provide the following documentation (based on the Design category).
Note that the SDA Assessor is not required to provide advice on Building classification, or any advice on funding of SDA. The Architect of the project is not permitted to be the SDA Assessor of the project at any stage of works due to conflict of interest.
An SDA dwelling is required to be certified to a particular Design Category at two stages (both mandatory):
The Design certification is called ‘Provisional’ as the dwelling has not been built at this stage. Only a built dwelling can get a Final certification suitable for NDIS SDA enrolment.
Farah Madon of Vista Access Architects being the lead author of the SDA Design Standard is well placed to assist with the assessment and certification requirements of SDA developments. Once engaged for our services, we provide assessment and certification based on the 12 Steps noted below.
Steps 01 to 07 (shown in green) note the procedure involved to assess and certify the drawings and documents for Provisional- Design Certification stage. Steps 08 to 12 (shown in red) note the procedure involved to assess and certify the constructed dwelling for Final-as-built Certification stage.
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