The Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme
was established on 2 December 2013. The committee is composed of six members
and six senators and is tasked with reviewing the implementation, administration
and expenditure of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The committee is required to make a report to Parliament after 30 June
each year, detailing its activities during the year. The committee has tabled
two reports on the progress of the NDIS, in July 2014 and November 2015. More
information about the committee, and copies of the reports, are available on
the committee's website.
Since its inception, the committee has heard consistent evidence on the
importance of affordable and appropriate accommodation for people with
disability, and how this must interface with the NDIS. In its second progress
report, the committee noted that the lack of adequate accommodation can limit
people's ability to fully exercise their individual choice and control, and
participate in society and live an ordinary life like any other Australian.
The report stated that accommodation continues to be a key concern for
all Australians and outlines the current situation:
Like all Australians, people living with a disability also
aspire to control and improve their own environment. There is a lack of safe,
secure, affordable and appropriate accommodation for people with disabilities.
A lack of adequate accommodation can limit people’s ability to fully participate
in society and live an ordinary life like any other Australian. If the matter
of accommodation remains unresolved, it could significantly impinge on people’s
ability to fully exercise their individual choice and control, impacting on
their ability to improve their quality of life and care.
The report noted that accommodation had been repeatedly raised by all
stakeholders and that the committee had sought advice from relevant government
agencies on this issue. The committee decided to further examine the issue of
affordable and appropriate accommodation, and commenced this inquiry.
In addition, this inquiry responds to recommendation seven of the Senate
Community Affairs report: Adequacy of existing residential care arrangements
available for young people with severe physical, mental or intellectual
disabilities in Australia:
Recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on the
National Disability Insurance Scheme
The committee recommends that the Joint Standing Committee
on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) conduct an inquiry into the
issue of disability housing after the release of the discussion paper on
Noting the volume of evidence indicating that accommodation is a key
issue, the committee was particularly keen to hear evidence of possible
solutions, innovations, pilot programs and, in particular, possible funding
models. These would enable practical steps to be taken to deliver appropriate
and affordable accommodation for people with disability.
Conduct of the inquiry
The committee conducted a roundtable on accommodation on 23 October
2015. At this hearing, the committee heard from individuals and representatives
from organisations who shared their personal experiences and discussed accommodation
research, options and projects.
The committee received 55 submissions, as listed in Appendix 1.
Structure of this report
This report is divided into the following three chapters:
Chapter one (this chapter) states the administrative arrangements
for the inquiry.
Chapter two provides background information including a brief
outline of the provision of accommodation, the need for appropriate and
affordable accommodation, and key issues that must be addressed in order to
deliver appropriate and affordable accommodation.
Chapter three examines the issues with accommodation and discusses
Notes on references
References to submissions in this report are to individual submissions
received by the committee and published on the committee's website. References
to the committee Hansard is to the official transcript from the roundtable.
The committee would like to thank the individuals and organisations that
made written submissions to the inquiry, as well as those who gave evidence at
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