We’ve built Nest, the first specialist disability accommodation website in Australia


Coinciding with the rollout of the NDIS, Northcott Innovation has launched Nest to help people with disability find suitable housing that matches their needs and preferences.



Filling a vacancy in the SDA property market

The goal of Nest ( ) was always to create a fair and efficient marketplace for disability housing. Prior to Nest, there was a great void in the SDA market. For SDA providers and people with disability, the equivalent of had never existed. So finding a place to live, or filling a vacancy has been a frustrating, timely, and costly process.

NI saw the opportunity to improve outcomes for all parties by building an independent matching website, free for both suppliers and people with disability.

Search. Match. Make your nest.

Nest is a web-based platform helping people with disability get matched to SDA vacancies. Like most real estate sites, Nest functionality for users includes:

  • Search, filter and apply for properties by preferences such as accommodation type, location, proximity to shops, transport, and who they want live with.
  • Create a list of favourited properties
  • Get notified when a matched property becomes vacant
  • Carers can search on behalf of people with disability
  • Responsive website, built to AA accessibility standards

For SDA suppliers, having direct access to well-suited applicants, and a simple place to professionally showcase and manage vacancies will save hours of fruitless admin time.

Nest is free to use and fully independent, offering the same access and opportunities to everyone, and every supplier.


Northcott Innovation have delivered a fully accessible, responsive real estate matching portal with over X0,000 unique visitors per day.

Since launching in May 2018, Nest has over 1000 SDA properties listed and over X000 active users.

Short term:

Nest aims to halve the time it takes to fill a vacancy, and provide a way for people with disability to find a home they love.

We will continue to update the Nest platform to make searching for and finding an SDA property a simpler, better experience.

Long term:

Nest hopes to reduce the shortfall in SDA supply by encouraging greater investment and innovation in the sector.


Nest is an NI initiative.

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