Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund (SAIF) (Applications Closed)

  • How much?

    $60 million has been committed over three years to build up to 150 new supported accommodation places for people with disability.  
  • Apply when?


Short Description: Supported accommodation for people with disability.

Additional Supplementary Note:

Interest in this initiative was considerable and the overall standard of applications was generally high. The 21 successful funding recipients were announced on 3 April 2012.  The full list of successful funding recipients is available on the following link:


Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund – Successful applicants

Supplementary Note:

The SAIF website is now closed and content from this website can no longer be viewed.  Funding Recipients should send queries to the SAIF inbox at

Program Guidelines Documentation

The following is an outline of the components of the Program Guidelines and the purpose of each.  In addition to this a paper was produced outlining changes to the final Part C of the Program Guidelines as a result of the exposure draft period.

Part A: Services for People with Disability Program Guidelines

Part A -  PDF [135Kb]RTF [827kB] provides an overview of the Services for People with Disability Program, of which SAIF is an Activity.

Part B: Information for Applicants

Part B -  PDF [89Kb]RTF [814kB] provides details on the standard conditions and procedures involved in selection processes conducted by The Department of Social Services (DSS).  Part B is a standardised DSS document.

Part C: Application Information for the Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund (SAIF)

Part C -  PDF [174Kb]RTF [1.4MB] provides critical information, including the selection criteria and other conditions that were specific to the selection process for SAIF.

Changes to Part C of the Program Guidelines

An exposure draft of the Program Guidelines Part C for SAIF was released on 24 June 2011 and stakeholders were invited to submit feedback on the draft.  The following paper provides a guide  to the changes that were made to the Program Guidelines as a result of comments and feedback received -  PDF [43Kb]RTF [125kB]

About SAIF

The Department of Social Services is administering the Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund.  SAIF provides $60 million in funding over three years to build up to 150 innovative, community-based supported accommodation and respite places for people with disability.

Projects  include renovations to existing homes, pooled resources to build contemporary accommodation services close to community and health services, or the modification of established buildings. 

Applicants needed to demonstrate that they have secured funding to meet ongoing support costs to sustain the supported accommodation either from a state or territory government or from alternative funding sources such as philanthropy.  A single contact point for each state and territory was provided for applicants to seek advice on ongoing support funding.

The preferred model of service delivery is for accommodation and support services to be separated (i.e. provided by two different organisations).  This model aims to allow individuals to experience housing and support provided separately rather than by a single provider which may have been the only option previously available.  However, this preference did not preclude a sole provider delivering both housing and support services if they have developed an innovative model for doing so.

SAIF is an Activity of the Services for People with Disability Program.

Content Updated: 12 November 2013