SIL quoting: the chicken, the egg or just a plain mess

If you are a person wanting 24 hour support for personal care, mobility support, health and well-being, and a vastly improved living situation, you would certainly care which came first- the SIL quote or having SIL in your Plan?

Housing, homelessness and mental health: towards systems change

This research progresses the priority areas identified by the National Mental Health Commission and provides evidence about the systemic issues and policy levers that need to be addressed to provide more and better housing and more and better services for people with lived experience with mental ill health.

Australians with disability twice as likely to be evicted without cause

A report by Choice, National Shelter and the National Association of Tenant Organisations (NATO) examined the consumer experience of renting in Australia, and found renters with disability faced a range of barriers that prevented them getting into or staying securely in rental accommodation.  

Disability Services Difficult to Access in Regional Areas

Since becoming the primary carer for his disabled brother Cameron, Shannon Dore has come to realise that sourcing assistance from disability services in regional areas is a lot more difficult than it ought to be. 

New disability housing model is a world first

Glenhaven  Estate, Sale, has become home to a world leader in disabled care, after an innovative housing project focusing on enablement, rather than disability, was unveiled recently. The revolutionary Freedom Housing project gives people with disabilities or those who need aged care the opportunity to live in a conventional residence with their families, but still access in-house professional care. Four private homes are linked by a communal ‘key’, which stations home carers who can provide on-request care around the clock.

The Housing Hub

The Housing Hub is a new way for people with disability to find suitable housing. The Housing Hub advertises vacancies for all types of housing that may be relevant to people who have disability – specialist disability accommodation (SDA), disability-friendly private rentals, supported residential services (SRS) and more.

SDA Participant Planning Mystery

Over the last few months, I have witnessed an alarming number of problematic and, frankly, confusing responses from the NDIA to submitted Housing Solutions reports.

Transfer of disability accommodation and respite services

August 2018, the Victorian Government announced it will transfer government operated disability accommodation (also known as Supported Independent Living) and respite (Short Term Accommodation and Assistance) services to five not-for-profit providers.

Big step forward for SDA tenant rights in Victoria

The Bill creates a special section in the State’s Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) for SDA residencies. This means that from 1 July 2019, all tenancies in the state are covered by the same legislation. The changes will be relevant to all SDA residents, whether they are funded through the NDIS or the Commonwealth’s Continuity of Support Program.

Report: Livable housing design: the costs and benefits to Australian society

Australian Network of Universal Housing Design (ANUHD) conducted The Livable Housing Design Survey, and found that 70% of participants supported regulation. Over 50% of the participants called for an education and awareness strategy to accompany regulation so that  everyone understood its purpose and relevance.