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Quiet housing revolution slowly giving Australians with disabilities more options

Under this new housing model, multiple apartments in a complex are built with features such as reinforced concrete for wheelchair hoists, voice recognition technology to open blinds and doors, and accessible bathrooms. There’s also a concierge with an on-call support worker to assist residents when their own carers clock off. Residents can choose their own support workers and use their NDIS funding to pay them.

Delivering the NDIS plan: more choice and flexibility for SDA

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, today announced more flexibility and increased choice for participants to live with their families, friends and partners. Changes to Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) rules mean couples will be able to share a bedroom where they choose to do so, and children will be able to share a room with their parent or siblings.

Home Coming: Framing housing policy for the future

Home is the foundation upon which society functions and yet Australia still does not have a mandated minimum standard of universal design for dwellings.  The course shows how housing fits into a broad policy context ; digs deep into the statistics to determine ‘need’; and assesses the current compliance context. Home Coming? provides a knowledge and evidence base to understand how housing contributes to economic, social and human rights outcomes in Australia and how a lack of mandated standards are affecting Australia’s productivity and prosperity.  

New temporary housing option for young people in aged care

NDIS minister Stuart Robert has announced that the NDIS will now fund a new type of transitional housing, Medium Term Accommodation (MTA),  designed to support participants as they prepare to move into permanent accommodation.

Deep scars from abuse in disability homes

“My daughter is fearful of everything, she’s had so much abuse,” the mother, referred to as Ms G, told a hearing in Melbourne on Monday. “She didn’t ask to be born with the problems she’s got, but as a result of what she’s been through in the system, she is a very damaged person.”

Disabled voices heard at royal commission

“I have found the move into supported accommodation resulted in extreme loss of control of my life,” Dr Gibilisco told the disability royal commission on Monday. “I have found it to be a loss to my way of life in a personal and social sense.”

SDA Innovation Plan

The SDA Innovation Plan outlines the activities the NDIA will undertake over the next 18 months to encourage innovation in SDA. In developing the plan, the NDIA has collaborated with key stakeholders, seeking their contributions and feedback on the intent and activities in the plan, their thoughts on innovation in SDA and participant preferences.

The NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation Innovation Plan

Last month the NDIA released two key documents that will guide the future of the Specialist Disability Accommodation (“SDA”) market in Australia. One of these documents was the NDIS Innovation Plan. To assist those that are looking to develop, operate or reside in SDA dwellings, we set out below the key features of the NDIS Innovation Plan that you should be aware of.

New design standard puts NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation on solid foundations

Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert, today released the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Design Standard – landmark guidelines that will spur a new era of housing construction and enhancement for Australians with disability. The SDA Design Standard will guide architects, builders and the community as they look for new and better ways to build specialist housing for people with disability.

NDIS red-tape leaves vulnerable Victorians in abusive homes

This was a key finding the Community Visitors Annual Report, tabled in State Parliament today. Nearly half of all serious incidents in disability group homes reported by the visitors each year relate to violence between co-residents, with 133 notifications being made this year to the Disability Services Commissioner (DSC). [p. 19]