NDIS Report Card: Outcomes for Younger People In Residential Care

The Summer Foundation has released a report card highlighting  the six most important outcomes for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to achieve for young people in residential aged care (YPIRAC). This is the second report card in its series.  

Five years on, NDIS is getting young people out of aged care, but all too slowly

Finding young people living in aged care and linking them to the NDIS is a vital first step to creating positive and real change in their lives. However, a lot more work needs to be done to ensure that the person‘s NDIS plan is adequate and that they have the capacity and the necessary housing and supports in place to exit residential aged care. A closer look at the detail of the plans allocated to younger people with disabilities in residential aged care suggests inadequate plans may be part of the problem.

Fears NDIA will force people into shared accommodation settings

The NDIA recently released a Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Provider and Investor Brief, outlining the agency’s latest policy position for disability housing. The brief indicated that only a “very small number…of a very small percentage” of NDIS participants would be funded to live alone in SDA.

SDA: What’s in the numbers?

Just a week since the release of the Specialist Disability Accommodation Provider and Investor Brief, some long awaited numbers about SDA have been released – well sort of released – via a written response to question SQ18-000025 from a recent Senate Estimates Hearing. Unless you spend your spare time trawling through the Senate Estimates Hansards you might have missed them – so here they are (current as at 31 December 2017):

Housing the other 94% of NDIS recipients

The community housing sector has the opportunity to provide greater housing support for the 94 per cent of National Disability Insurance Scheme recipients not eligible for Specialist Disability Accommodation, a housing conference has heard.

SDA – What are they thinking?

The long awaited SDA Provider and Investor Brief has finally been released and there is not much good news.  It started strong, identification of the problems, some encouraging statements around the key themes impacting supply at present. But then the document takes a dramatic turn into some new and very alarming territory.

SDA and SIL becoming strange bed fellows

It seems unbelievable that the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and Supported Independent Living (SIL) programs are becoming so poorly aligned; when it is obvious that the success of each, is dependent on the other. Yet, the emerging design for SIL appears not to account for many of the key characteristics of SDA.

NDIS needs the market to help make up at least 60% shortfall in specialist disability housing

Funding for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is expected to support 28,000 people, 6% of all NDIS participants. However, the NDIS has provided limited information about the demand for this specialist housing. Now a newly published study has found the existing supply of SDA needs to grow by 60% to house the 28,000 people the NDIS expects to fund.