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feature NEST matches you with homes suited to your needs and wants. is that there are many people chasing too few vacancies, which can be hard to find, and the requirements to fill those vacancies are complex.” Two years ago, Northcott Innovation saw an opportunity to help the market and the team began exploring the development of the Nest online platform. Ms Frain said Nest is very simple Go NEST N ew South Wales disability home matching platform designed in its concept. “Nest matches people with disability looking for a place to live with a vacancy that suits their needs,” to help people with she said. best place to live. for instance, it’s the wrong type of disability find their “If the vacancy isn’t suitable – care, doesn’t meet their funding allocation or doesn’t have the right Ms Frain said choosing where to facilities – then it won’t appear as provider Northcott live is one of the biggest decisions a match. This means the person Innovation has recently gone anyone can make. with disability doesn’t waste their live with Nest to match people with “In the past, SDA was offered time applying for the vacancy disability with accommodation that via a centralised waiting list system that doesn’t meet their needs. meets their needs. that met the person’s care needs, Northcott Innovation Executive “Similarly, for the provider, it but ignored important factors means that the people applying for Director Samantha Frain said: “Nest like where they would like to live, their accommodation automatically gives people with disability the what type of home they wanted meet the funding and support chance to truly match their needs and to live in and with whom they requirements of their vacancy, desires for a home with Specialist wanted to share,” she said. meaning they can focus on the more Disability Accommodation (SDA) “The new system under the personal interaction of exploring vacancies in a simple platform that National Disability Insurance Scheme compatibility between residents and is easy to use. throws away the centralised waiting determining whether the available list and leaves the filling of SDA home works for both parties.” “Even if they are just thinking about moving out or moving homes, Nest allows them to search 32 Nest is a free online vacancies to the market. “That assumes the person with Ms Frain said for providers, the platform’s bulk upload feature allows for suitable properties and see disability looking for somewhere to listing all available properties at what is out there that meets their live, and the SDA provider with a once, and at any stage providers requirements. If they find something vacancy, both understand how that can download a list of matched they like, all they have to do to apply market works and how best to find applications and their details. is click a button.” what they want. However, the reality accommodation