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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