During 2012-16, disability advocates assisted 77 people with accommodation issues in an average three month period.
|Disability advocacy Issue||Accommodation|
|Number||77 people on average per quarter|
|Trend||≈ generally stable|
|Rights under the CRPD||Governments will ensure:
|Commitments in the State Disability Plan||The Victorian Government will:
The number of people recorded as seeking assistance with accommodation issues appears to be relatively stable. The recent peak in the June 2016 quarter is notable, but requires further data to see whether this is the beginning of an increase in demand for this type of advocacy.
The NDIS completed its Specialist Disability Accommodation Framework and Pricing structure in 2016. This will fund accommodation for some NDIS recipients. However, it is estimated only about 6 per cent of participants will be eligible for this funding. Other NDIS participants will continue to have unmet housing needs, including unaffordable or inappropriate housing.
Case study: Assistance finding safe, hygienic housing
Abigail* had a one-month-old child with a disability. Their rental property developed mould and rodent issues, which could adversely affect her child’s lung health. Abigail wished move out of the property to reduce her child’s health risk, but faced a fee for breaking the lease agreement. This was difficult to pay as Abigail’s family lives on a low income.
Abigail approached an advocate for assistance. The advocate wrote a letter to the landlord explaining the child’s disability and why the family needed to move for health reasons. They requested the landlord did not proceed with penalising Abigail for breaking the lease agreement.
The landlord agreed and the family was able to move to a new rental property without the additional financial burden of the fee for breaking a lease agreement.
* names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals
- Executive Summary
- Data integrity
- 1. People receiving disability advocacy services
- 2. Identified characteristics of people receiving disability advocacy services
- 3. Advocacy issues
- Appendix: Data tables