‘YPIRAC is a wicked problem that can only be solved by working across sectors’

Young people often end up in aged care because they fall through the gap between hospitals and the disability service system. The two systems operate on completely different time frames. For example, if a young person has a very severe brain injury, as soon as they are medically stable there is pressure to move them out of a hospital bed. But disability services take weeks or months to determine if a suitable housing and support option is available.

People with disability denied care choices

Far too many people with a disability are denied choices about their accommodation, often leading to neglect and abuse, a royal commission says. It said a shift from large housing complexes to smaller group homes had not eliminated institutional forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Join the campaign – Builders and designers of accessible homes

Spinal Life Australia has lead the advocacy for accessible and inclusive built environments, including housing, since 1960. We are now launching this campaign calling on home builders and designers whose ethos and practice supports access for everyone to join our list of leaders in the industry. Accessible homes are affordable, doable within current industry practices and change people’s lives for the better. Add your organisation now by contacting John Mayo:

SIL Cost Model Review

Closing date: October 25, 2020

The NDIA is conducting a review of Supported Independent Living (SIL) price controls, with the possibility of adding price limits specific to SIL to a future Price Guide, subject to NDIA Board approval. The SIL Issues Paper will examine the cost drivers and differences that arise in the delivery of attendant care in a shared living arrangement, seek perspectives on the appropriateness of the assumptions and parameters used in the Disability Support Worker Cost Model for attendant care supports in shared living arrangements, and seek to refine the assumptions and parameters for setting SIL price limits.

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.