The Every Australian Counts Housing Action Plan

Housing for people with disability is in crisis.

Over 650 people with disability, their families and carers shared their housing stories detailing the challenges they face with inadequate housing now, and their fears for the future.

They also shared their dreams, their hopes and their aspirations for appropriate housing that supports them to live their lives independently and to the full.

Every Australian Counts Housing Action Plan cover imageTogether they represent the voice of the disability community and a compelling case for action. You can download the full EAC Housing Action Plan. Click here for the pdf. Click here for a Word version.

Here’s a brief summary:

  • There is a huge difference between what kind of housing people would like for the future and what they currently have.
  • A majority of people want to live in a home of their own (with or without formal supports) that would not involve living with people other than their immediate family.
  • Around a third would like a form of shared living such as a share house with one or two others, or community with others of similar disability.
  • No-one expressed a wish to live in a large residential centre
  • One of the biggest concerns for older parents and their children is what will happen when the parents are no longer able to care for their child
  • Housing affordability is a very common, strong and recurring driver and concern.
  • The most common theme of all relates to personal autonomy of people with disability. In whatever way it is expressed – and there are many ways in which it is said – across every form of housing type, tenure and model of support, people say they want themselves or their family members to live in circumstances and with support models that maximise personal freedom.

We need action on housing now

We call on all governments who share responsibility for both social housing and the NDIS to commit that:

  1. All new residential construction, at a minimum, is built according to the silver level Liveable Housing Australia accreditation standards. This would reduce the cost and increase the supply of accessible housing in Australia
  1. The NDIA uses the trial sites to test and report on new models for creating accessible disability housing with a focus on stimulating private investment in new housing stock. This trial should inform the community and policy makers of the most efficient way to increase housing options for people with disability.
  1. NDIS funding be allocated to delivering new housing for people with disability rather than maintaining existing housing stock. This will ensure a minimum of $700 million a year from 2019 will go towards increasing viable housing options for people with disability.

We invite each Minister to:

  1. Meet a delegation of campaign supporters to hear firsthand about the housing challenges in their jurisdiction
  1. Make a video statement to EAC supporters outlining their government’s plan to tackle the disability housing crisis

It’s time for governments to act.

We need to get our housing action plan out far and wide to keep up the pressure for action.

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  • Callie Ge

    How come I don’t know about this forum? I have been on the DSP for over 10 years, I waited almost 6 years for QLD Dept. of Housing to offer me a four bedroom ‘Wheelchair Friendly” house, how friendly is it,It is actually a 3 bedroom plus study, it is on a cement slab so the entry and floors are flat, two of the “bedrooms” have sliding doors although my wheelchair will only fit through one of them; the study,(there is barely enough room for my bed I had to throw away my wardrobe; it would not fit, all the other rooms have built ins. there is a shower recess with no hod so I can get in and out of the shower recess easily but there is no grab rail, no safe seat for me to sit on, the bathroom has a non slip coating on the floor, & that is as friendly as it gets, there are no safety rails in the bathroom, the toilet is a child size one, the tiles on the floor of the main house are a death trap when wet they are so slippery, The kitchen is a normal small one so I cannot reach the sink/taps, the stove , oven or the benches, they are too high, so I am unable to even make myself a sandwich or cup of tea, the oven door opens down there is no room for me to access it , I can’t even get within arms reach of it. I can’t get a cup or plate out of the cupboard the doors open out they don’t slide. I cannot get out the back, the sliding door frames are too high for me get my folding wheelchair over, there is a sort of ramp out the laundry door but it does not access the back yard. And just to make my life harder, the Govt. Changed the way rent is calculated to make it “Fairer for all tenants”, in January my rent went up almost $200- a fortnight so the Joke is on me because when I was renting privately I was able to claim rent assistance, now that I am in public housing I can’t so I am now paying MORE rent than I was before I moved in here, I finally thought I had some security for myself and my children but now after paying Rent & Utilities I barely have enough money for food, I have nothing to buy clothes or shoes for myself & my two teenagers with and I have to juggle my medications ( I take 10 a day) I sometimes have to decide which one I can risk going without for a few days because I don’t have the cash to pay for them. I have run out of the supplements that I need to treat my Thalassemia with and cannot afford more.

  • Barry O

    Please correct me if I’m wrong but I understand the NDIS original model and legislation does NOT have funding for new housing ?

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  • Mal

    Good Morning

    I am wondering if your recommendation regarding; ‘All new residential construction, at a minimum, is built according to
    the silver level Liveable Housing Australia accreditation
    standards’ should be formally included into the current review of the access to premises standards? In areas 7.2 or 7.4 of the review. While all new residential constructions may be ambitious there may be other mechanisms (stamp duty concessions) that could be used to encourage development of this kind of accessible accommodation.


  • Amy Deguara

    As a young woman who grew up with a physical disability but still was not deemed as ‘disabled enough’ with DS to get any kind of support growing up. I am working on a proposal to take to local and State and hopefully Nationally in relation to Housing issues due to the lack of funding help growing up and spending not only my familys’ money until I was 18 but also my own hard earned money on medical expenses etc relating to my disability. I believe that there should be like a trust/insurance account for all people with disabilities for ‘compensation’ and to help set life up. E.g People with acquired injuries get financial help with compensation, work insurance, life insurance, etc to help accommodate the changing needs of the person covering medical expenses and having a chance to buy and renovate a house or build a house with required modifications to suit that persons needs. However, people born with a disability have many barriers to overcome and potentially most life goals, dreams and aspirations like owning their own home becomes near impossible.