As more people slowly gain confidence in the potential to deliver SDA and start to design and even build, a new source of potential confusion is emerging around gaining a building classification. In this technical SDA article we will explore what classification is all about and what it means when considering delivery of SDA.
In one home for people with disabilities, toilet paper was rationed. In another, a resident was left in the garden for two hours on a roasting hot day. He had to be taken to hospital for exposure and sunburn.
Following consultation and feedback with participants and providers, today the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) announces the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) price limits for short term accommodation will be increased from 30 October 2017.
In July 2016, the NDIA launched a policy to encourage the market to build 12,000 new housing places for people with disability. The policy also enables 16,000 existing homes to be renovated or refurbished. Today we know it as the SDA. This level of construction is unprecedented. The SDA policy could potentially see more housing for people with disability built in the next five years than has been constructed over the last half-century.
Housing for people with disability is being transformed from grants-based funding to a market-based system where people with disabilities control their own funding. This market has the potential to grow in size by around A$5 billion over the next five years in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Closing date: August 28, 2017
Once upon a time, Australia had the opportunity to create a truly visionary National system. A system that allowed for seamless and consistent operations across all states and territories. However, the states had parochial attitudes, ill-informed advice and a lack of national focus.
Robin and Bernard Shanahan are exhausted. They’ve been lobbying on behalf of their two children with disabilities for decades. Now in their seventies, they’d like to enjoy a well-earned retirement.
We want to contribute to Australian society but we usually find that we can’t access the workplace, can’t access public venues, can’t have a holiday because there is no suitable accommodation.”
A radical move to privatise government group homes for people with disability is underway in NSW ahead of the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Closing date: July 16, 2017
She had been house-hunting for months while living out of her car and was devastated when she was told the house wasn’t suitable for someone with a disability, or a dog.