Gregory Parsons was left facing homelessness or one of the country’s most unaffordable rental markets after being told to pack bags
While the creation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has helped improve the care available for people with disabilities in Australia, experts say only a small percentage of recipients are eligible for accommodation under the scheme.
That’s left families and carers considering a range of solutions and not all of them are good.
Garry Saville is now fighting for accountability and for the future of his disabled daughter, after an NDIS failure called “one of the worst” by a disability advocate. A simple renovation on his Elmhurst home for his wife Marilyn has turned into a nightmare.
Closing date: May 13, 2019
Access to adequate, safe, secure, accessible and affordable housing is a fundamental human right. But in Australia, right now, housing disadvantage is impossible to ignore, and the situation is particularly alarming for disabled Australians.
Ageing parents worn down by years of caring for their intellectually disabled adult children living at home are calling on both sides of government to provide them with independent housing that is permanent, safe and secure.
The options for the Regulatory Impact Assessment of options for potential minimum accessibility standards for housing were outlined in the Options Paper released in 2018 and was accompanied by a national consultation process. This report details the results from the consultations.
The federal government will help young people with disability in aged care facilities to move into homes of their choosing, as part of a new national action plan. The government aims to get all people under 45 who wish to leave aged care homes into alternative, age-appropriate housing by 2022, while removing all those under 65 by 2025.
“The purpose of the SDA reference group is to represent participants, providers, investors and other key stakeholders, and to support and promote the development of the SDA market as we implement reforms announced in February, improving choice and control for participants.
Home modifications can help delay institutional care, creating benefits for the individual, the taxpayer and the healthcare system. A UNSW Built Environment professor is determined to improve the accessibility of the built environment, which could improve the outcomes for some of the most vulnerable populations – the elderly and the disabled
A severe shortage in housing suitable for Victorians with “complex needs” – people who need considerable social and health support – means hundreds of the state’s most vulnerable people, including those with an intellectual disability, have no option but to live in psychiatric wards, short-stay hotel units and boarding houses. Their families and advocates say it’s a full-blown crisis.
Reforms to improve Specialist Disability Accommodation services in the NDIS have been welcomed by disability groups, who say it will allow people with disability more choice and control over their accommodation options.
Disability and housing groups have come together to call for a significant government investment in disability housing to make sure that all people with disability live in homes that are safe, affordable and accessible.
A 76-year-old woman with physical disabilities forced to ask strangers on the street to help her open the door to her Travancore building has won a significant legal case in which two owners corporations were ordered to pay her $10,000 and install automated doors and ramps in the building.
Closing date: February 24, 2019
The Melbourne Disability Institute and the Brotherhood of St Laurence are co-funding a research project on the different housing pathways available for people with disabilities.
New research from leading consumer and tenancy groups has found that 16% of people with disabilities who rent have been served a no-grounds eviction compared to 9% of other Australians.