Unlocking the Benefits of NDIS Property Investments: A Comprehensive Guide

Unlocking the Benefits of NDIS Property Investments: A Comprehensive Guide

author: Tim Hull

published date: February 21, 2024

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We take a closer look at the growing demand for NDIS properties and why it presents an impressive investment opportunity for investors

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), administered by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), is a government-funded initiative, aiming to provide support and services for people with disabilities, further enabling them to live more independent and comfortable lives. As the NDIS continues to shape the landscape of disability support in Australia, it also presents unique opportunities for property investors.

One significant aspect of the NDIS is its focus on disability housing and accommodation. This has led to the emergence of a thriving NDIS housing market, where investors can play a crucial role in meeting the growing demand for suitable and accessible housing options.

The NDIA is committed to a strong SDA market that is sustainable, fosters choice and control, encourages innovation, provides options for participants and delivers continuity of supply of high-quality, well-located homes for eligible participants.

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In this Insight, we’ll delve into the world of NDIS property investment and explore how it can have a positive impact, not only on individuals with disabilities but also on investors seeking both financial returns and social impact. We’ll look into the potential benefits, challenges, and considerations associated with investing in disability accommodation under the NDIS scheme.

Whether you are an experienced property investor looking to diversify your portfolio or someone interested in making a difference through socially responsible investments, understanding the dynamics of NDIS investment is essential.

NDIS Smart & Simple Investment Guide

Our 11 page guide covers the eight must do steps to succeed in your NDIS property investment journey.

The Advantages of Investing in NDIS Properties for Long-Term Financial Stability

Investing in NDIS properties can offer a range of advantages, including passive income, capital appreciation, and positive social impact.

The first significant benefit of investing in NDIS properties is the stable rental returns they provide. With government-backed leases, investors can enjoy consistent rental income as the government guarantees payment for the duration of the lease. This helps to ensure reliable cash flow and minimises the risk of rental arrears.

Rental incomes can range from $84,000 annually (or approximately $1615 per week), up to a staggering $130,000 (or $2500 per week) based on the number of tenants, carers, location, and the type of structuring. This represents an impressive 10 to 15% gross yield, two to three times the traditional residential property investment return. Note, this is gross yield. All traditional costs that investors may be familiar with – rates, property management, mortgage interest and maintenance – will need to be taken into account when working out net yields.

Furthermore, demand for disability accommodation is consistently high. As Australia’s population continues to grow and age, there is an increasing need for specialised housing options that cater to individuals with disabilities. By investing in NDIS properties, you are tapping into a market with strong demand and at times, a very limited supply.

How to Identify Suitable Properties for NDIS Investments

When it comes to investing in properties for NDIS purposes, it is crucial to identify suitable options that meet the specific criteria as set out by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). This involves considering various factors, such as accessible design features, location considerations for disability housing, and working with reputable developers.

One of the key aspects to look for in NDIS properties is the presence of accessible design features. These can include wheelchair ramps, wide doorways and hallways, modified bathrooms, lowered bench tops, and other amenities that cater to the varying needs of individuals with disabilities.

Location considerations are also important when selecting properties for NDIS investments. It is wise to consider locations that offer accessibility to essential services such as healthcare facilities, public transportation, educational institutions, and recreational amenities. Proximity to community support services can also enhance the quality of life for residents.

Investing in properties developed by experienced builders ensures compliance with relevant regulations and standards. Reputable developers are knowledgeable about designing properties that meet the specific requirements outlined by the NDIS framework.

Navigating the Regulations and Guidelines Surrounding NDIS Property Investments

When it comes to investing in disability housing under the NDIS, navigating and meeting the regulations and guidelines is key to offering the dwelling to a prospective tenant. In order to receive compliance certification, all properties must adhere to the strict design guidelines for disability housing released by the NDIA.

Additionally, it’s vital to comprehend the Supported Independent Living (SIL) funding categories. SIL funding provides support for individuals living in shared accommodation, and understanding these categories will help you identify suitable investment opportunities within this framework, and your budget.

To better assist help investors navigate the costing arrangements in place for different property types, the NDIA released a comprehensive calculator that takes into consideration changes made to the NDIS pricing structure in 2023.

The Process of Acquiring and Managing an NDIS Property Investment Portfolio

So, as an investor, you’ve made the decision to invest in an NDIS property. That’s a great first step, but what happens from here? While many of the stages and milestones are commonly found in traditional investment properties, there are additional components that make up an NDIS development. We’ve highlighted these in the list below:

NDIS investment steps – from start to finish

  1. Research and select a location with strong NDIS rental demand and good capital growth prospects;
  2. Identify a suitable block of land within this area for your new residential development;
  3. Engage an experienced NDIS developer/builder with a solid history of successfully delivering NDIS specific homes. Design a floor plan catering to specific diabilities. Negotiate the build contract with the developer;
  4. Sign and return their building contracts ensuring appropriate clauses favouring your financial position and your ability to exit the contract if you need to;
  5. Secure your finance;
  6. Once the property has been commissioned, finding suitable tenants or support providers becomes paramount. It is essential to establish relationships with reputable support providers who can cater to the unique needs of individuals living with disabilities. This includes making sure that appropriate care and support services are provided, as well as maintaining regular communication with tenants and their support networks. This stage involves meeting with an SDA provider, asking any questions you may have and completing your due diligence;
  7. Secure land registration and ownership;
  8. Secure building approval through the local council;
  9. Secure an SDA density certificate. This certificate confirms the local Participant demand for the dwelling type proposed. At this time the SDA begins the process of securing a participant/participants with the assistance of the Supported Independent Living (SIL) and NDIS agencies;
  10. Dwelling construction takes place;
  11. As the dwelling nears completion, insurances and tax depreciation certificates need to be coordinated;
  12. Upon completion of the build, obtain an NDIS certification and clearance for occupancy;
  13. Secure handover and transfer ownership of the property from the developer/builder to the investor;
  14. Have tenants move into the newly constructed dwelling;

Managing an NDIS property investment portfolio also involves ongoing maintenance and compliance with relevant regulations. This may include regular inspections, repairs, and making sure all necessary safety measures are in place.

By carefully navigating each step of this process, investors can build a successful NDIS property investment portfolio that not only provides financial returns but also contributes positively towards improving the lives of individuals with disabilities.

The Future Outlook: Exploring the Potential Growth of the NDIS Housing Market

The National Disability Insurance Scheme has brought about a significant shift in the demand for disability housing solutions. As more individuals with disabilities seek independent living options, the need for suitable accommodation has become increasingly apparent. This growing demand presents a unique opportunity for investors looking to enter the NDIS housing market.

With the projected growth of the NDIS property sector, investors have the potential to see promising returns on their investments. As the scheme continues to expand and provide funding for participants’ housing needs, there is a clear indication that demand for disability-friendly properties will continue to rise.

Moreover, as awareness around disability rights and accessibility increases, there is a growing emphasis on inclusive communities and suitable living environments. This societal shift further supports the positive outlook for the NDIS housing market.

In conclusion, with trends indicating an increasing demand for disability housing solutions and projected returns on investment in the NDIS property sector, now is an opportune time to explore this market. Investors can not only make a positive impact on individuals with disabilities but also secure stable financial returns in an evolving industry.

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tim hull

director & property investment strategist

For more than a decade we have helped hundreds of people purchase residential investment properties across many areas of Australia.

We have a wide range of property types for you to consider to align with your current and future plans specialising in traditional, NDIS, SMSF, multi-lease, dual occupancy and duplex builds.

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I’m sharing my experiences gained in my role as a property investment strategist, educator, and advisor via educational videos, courses and articles covering property investment and business related topics.

For more than a decade I’ve helped hundreds of people purchase investment properties in all parts of Australia. I’ve owned and operated several businesses, and I’m also an active property investor myself.

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