Certifications and Assessments

As Livable Housing Assessors experienced in SDA, we can provide assessments and certifications for properties.

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If you are looking to certify a property with the NDIS as suitable for SDA compliance, the property will need to be certified to an SDA category.

These categories require compliance with Livable Housing guidelines and also additional SDA compliant criteria.

Our work in the disability space means we have an intricate understanding of SDA requirements both from an SDA provider perspective as well as a client eligibility perspective. We often consult on design and planning for SDA properties so that they can best meet the functional needs of the targeted clientele.

The Optimal Therapy team brings a trifecta of unique experience and qualifications to SDA and Livable Housing projects that guarantees the best outcome for all parties involved, especially the prospective tenants. It is our unique combination of qualifications in Occupational Therapy, Livable Housing and Access Consulting that enable us to not only provide certifications, but help these properties contribute to the NDIS mission of enabling choice and control for participants to maximise independent lifestyles and full inclusion in the community.

A Sample SDA Certification Process

Depending on the properties you want to certify and their current build and design stage, this is customarily the process we will go through with you.

Stage 1A - Design Consultation and Compliance

Stage 1A – Design Consultation and Compliance

An initial design meeting with key stakeholders enables us to discuss the project  considerations before full plans and drawings are completed.

The Livable housing and SDA guidelines require accurate interpretation and execution in order for certification to be achieved. For this reason our preferred consultation method includes an initial design meeting with key stakeholders to discuss the project location, house size, SDA design level being targeted, number of intended residents and other key project considerations before full plans and drawings are completed.

Following this meeting we will assess the concept plans against key criteria and provide commentary on key areas of non-compliance to be incorporated into the working plans.

Stage 1A Includes:

  • Design meeting with relevant stakeholders and consultation on preliminary design/concept Eg: accessibility of community location, bedroom to bathroom rations and dimensions, need for space for overnight care, considerations for technology, consideration of participants/target market
  • Identification of areas of design which do not comply, provide advice to achieve compliance as required
  • Following design meeting desktop assessment of design against LHA and SDA design elements

Stage 1B - Provisional Compliance (Design Compliance)

Stage 1B – Provisional Compliance (Design Compliance)

Stage 1B includes a desktop audit of the plans, which is an effective way to ensure any elements that do not meet the guidelines are identified and can be altered before building.

(*Note if your project is already at this phase we can incorporate our design consultation into phase B)

The Livable Housing Australia Design Guidelines provide specific design elements that a house must comply with in order to be certified to one of the Livable housing levels, and achieve the LHA mark.

Based on these elements requesting us to complete a desktop audit of the plans is an effective way to ensure any elements that do not meet the guidelines are identified and can be altered before building.

By identifying these issues at the planning phase it reduces the chance of costly modifications being required post build, or being unable to achieve the LHA certification due to non compliant elements than cannot be altered.

Stage 1B Includes:

  • Updated desktop assessment of full working plans against LHA/SDA design elements
  • Meeting with relevant stakeholders (up to 1 hour) if required
  • Identify areas of design which do not comply, provide advice to achieve compliance as required
  • Supply of provisional quality mark for use in marketing or to meet contracts

Quality mark is valid for 2 years or 30 days from occupancy certificate

Stage 2 - Compliance (As-Built Compliance)

Stage 2 – Compliance (As-Built Compliance)

After build completion, an on-site SDA/Livable Housing audit measures and assesses as-built compliance with each element.

Stage 2 Includes:

  • Site visit with key stakeholders (up to 1 hour) during the build phase (pre-completion) to address any concerns/queries that may lead to non-compliance if not addressed before
  • SDA/Livable Housing audit conducted on site at completion of build
  • Site visit to measure and assess as-built compliance with LHA/SDA elements.
  • Identify areas of design which do not comply (if any) and provide report to achieve compliance as required (Note re assessment of non-compliant sections will be required before certification can be issues)
  • Supply of quality mark for use in marketing or to meet contracts

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Optimal Living Therapy was founded to enable individuals who have had a change in health and/or ability to live as autonomously as possible in their home and engage with their community. We do this by:

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We service the Perth, Western Australia region and can assist in other projects nation-wide.

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