The Summer Foundation submission on the exposure draft of the Bill for the new Aged Care Act.
After losing his sight at the age of six, Ben Gritt’s goal of owning his own home always felt out of reach. “Over the years I have thought about it,” Mr Gritt said. “Being on a disability pension and not being employed for a number of years, it seemed like a pipe dream.” Mr Gritt … Continued
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides a critical way for people with disability to access housing and living supports. The NDIS Review Final Report has made two recommendations to reform current housing and living support, with a stated aim of improving access for all people with disability.
Protecting the rights of tenants in disability accommodation settings – Advance Your Advocacy Practice panel session
In this Advance Your Advocacy Practice panel session representatives from Victoria Legal Aid and Villamanta Disability Rights Legal Service provide information about protecting the rights of tenants in disability accommodation settings.
Since the separation of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) and Supported Independent Living (SIL), there have been a range of changes in the disability accommodation arena, including the law, the available options, complaints mechanisms and more!
Consumer Affairs Victoria are warning about unqualified or unscrupulous operators doing dodgy home modifications. Their checklist helps people manage a building project worth $10K
Consumer Affairs Victoria has commenced reviews of its Funded Services programs, including financial counselling and renter services, and the Domestic Building Legal Service. Public engagement will commence shortly and there will be multiple opportunities for stakeholders to contribute to this work to inform how programs can evolve to meet future needs and challenges. Information about … Continued
The Australian Government is making a National Housing and Homelessness Plan. Inclusion Australia wrote a submission talking about barriers to safe, affordable and inclusive housing for people with an intellectual disability.
People with disabilities are being forced to share homes or risk becoming homeless after a change to disability accommodation rules. Amy Tobin, a champion para-athlete, lives alone but worries she’ll be homeless within weeks after a backflip on her current housing arrangement.
Every Australian state and territory should commit to implementing the new National Construction Code
Closing date: November 11, 2023
Thanks to the hard work of our supporters, we got mandatory minimum accessibility standards into the National Construction Code! The standards will be in the National Construction Code from 1 May 2023 with a transition period until 1 October 2023. That means that from 1 October 2023, all new homes will have to be built … Continued
Project Independence creating pathway to home ownership for people with intellectual disabilities in Canberra
From his Canberra Raiders bedspread to his own basketball awards, Ehren Keys’s home is a shrine to sport. Decorating his unit however he sees fit is just one of the perks of independent living.
Nurse Linda Karafili remembers getting the call from her client. He was “absolutely desperate”. The man, who had a history of severe mental health issues, had been coerced to move from a boarding house with support services to a house in outer Melbourne, away from everyone he knew. “He was … frightened of staying, but … Continued
The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is an independent, non-profit organisation that works with people and communities who are facing disadvantage. Part of PIAC’s role is challenging decision-makers in order to deliver fair and practical outcomes. The Housing Hub has teamed up with PIAC to create resources for NDIS participants and supporters that offer valuable information … Continued
Opening of the Carpentaria Disability SDA property The Hon Bill Shorten MP Transcripts BILL SHORTEN, MINISTER FOR THE NDIS AND GIVERNMENT SERVICE: Good morning. It’s great to be here with Senator Malarndirri McCarthy and Minister Ngaree Ah Kit at the opening of this amazing facility for people with profound and severe disability. The Northern Territory is … Continued
The plan would allow disabled people to build a share of equity in the properties they live in, and governments are being urged to match contributions.
This home and living capacity building report is part of working to develop a new approach to home and living. The research explores supports NDIS participants use to build their capacity to work towards their home and living goals. The report identifies 4 key areas for action that can help participants work towards achieving their home and living goals.