Opening of the Carpentaria Supported Disability Accommodation property in Wanguri.

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

Having a go: Making individualised living a reality

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.

Merriwa Grove residents find new homes ahead of northern Victoria disability carer’s closure

Kris was one of 19 residents living at Cobram residential disability facility Merriwa Grove in northern Victoria when it was announced in early June that it would close because it was no longer viable. With the facility officially closing at the end of this month, NDIS provider Social Plus Support Work (SPSW) has managed to lease three homes long-term in Yarrawonga for nine of Merriwa’s residents, including Kris. 

People with disability transitioning from prison and their pathways into homelessness

The report finds that there is a critical need for improved visibility of people with disability within the criminal justice system and for greater transparency of outcomes in relation to programs designed to support their re-entry (including housing outcomes).  Many of the programs designed to support people leaving correctional facilities have a limited evidence base and focus on recidivism to the exclusion of other related factors, such as housing and access to services that support people with disability to live independently in the community.  Likewise, many supportive housing programs have not been evaluated for justice-involved people with disability. 

Damning report into boarding houses for NDIS participants

Approximately 1,600 NDIS participants are amongst 4,000 people living in 115 SRS’ across Victoria. The interim report to be released today – which was triggered by whistle-blowers and commissioned by the Federal Government – found rife practices against NDIS participants by unscrupulous SRS providers including limiting access to supports, neglect, emotional manipulation, bribery, financial abuse and kidnapping.

Budget Signals NDIS Is Here to Stay, More Work on Housing and Security

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) welcomes the Treasurer’s assurance that ‘the NDIS is here to stay’ in his budget speech. However, tonight’s budget has more to do on housing and economic security measures that would bring comfort to the disability community.

South Australia faces disability accommodation crisis

Emma Hocking, Chief Executive Officer of SDA Smart Homes says that the proposed crackdown will be welcomed, but funding cuts would be a disaster given the current rental and housing markets.

Home and living demonstration projects grant opportunity

Closing date: April 20, 2023

Organisations are invited to apply for grants to deliver innovative projects that empower NDIS participants to explore and understand their home and living possibilities. There is up to $1.5 million in grant funding available over the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 financial years.  Grants will be between $80,000.00 (incl. GST) and $400,000.00 (incl. GST) depending on scope and complexity of the project design. Projects will test and evaluate different models for providing participants with high quality information, assistance and connections about home and living options.

New housing models could prevent harm to people with disabilities

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was designed to be a market-based system that would shift power from government and providers to consumers. The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission’s Own Motion Inquiry report demonstrates that for the most vulnerable NDIS participants, there is still a power imbalance, with providers and workers still in charge.

Research into specialist disability housing

A La Trobe University research team has been awarded an ARC Linkage Project to the value of $532,680 for a two-year project investigating the lived experience of people with a disability moving into specialist housing.

Reimagining Shared Housing and Living – Workshop Findings and Recommendations

In October to November 2022, the Housing Hub ran a series of workshops designed to gather collective knowledge about SDA-funded group homes from providers and stakeholders. This report provides background to the workshops, and discusses the main findings and recommendations towards a better future for people with disability who choose to live in shared arrangements.