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.
Group home ‘hell’: Open letter calls for royal commission into treatment of people with disabilities
More than 100 prominent academics have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calling for a royal commission into violence, abuse and neglect of people with a disability.
Data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that admissions of young people with disability to RAC rose by 20 per cent in 2016 in two of the three NDIS trial sites despite the NDIS being available.
Closing date: June 30, 2017
Tenants, families and carers in specialist disability accommodation are invited to share their views on how their rights can be protected in the transition to the NDIS. The current housing laws are not fit for the NDIS environment, as it is often hard for residents to change service providers in their home. To address this issue, … Continued