Government group homes in Western Australia will soon be registered as Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) properties under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
With NDIS, government group houses can be registered as SDA, with 300-400 group houses expected to be registered.
The Department of Communities (Communities) currently manages 35 apartments, the rest is managed by providers of disabled and communal accommodation.
First, the communities will register the houses currently managed by the agency so that around 150 NDIS participants can access their SDA permissions.
The municipalities will continue to work with housing and disability providers to facilitate registration of the remaining state group homes.
Once all state-owned group homes are enrolled, it is anticipated that approximately $ 4 million USD of SDA funding claims will be generated annually in WA, which will directly benefit people with disabilities who need a specialized housing solution due to their high support needs.
Funds generated by SDA are invested in modifying, maintaining, renovating and refurbishing existing group houses or building additional SDA.
To educate the transition to SDA, the communities have established an SDA reference group made up of people with disabilities, disability advocacy groups, umbrella organizations, DevelopmentWA and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).
A technical advisory group made up of the 14 housing and disability providers currently managing state groups, Shelter WA, National Disability Services WA, and NDIA, has been set up to provide input, particularly with the registration of state owned homes.
Consultations were also carried out with representatives of the housing industry, private SDA providers and representatives of the SDA Alliance, an alliance of SDA providers for new buildings.
As stated by Stephen Dawson, Minister for Disability Aid
“The state government wants to give all eligible Western Australians the opportunity to activate their SDA entitlements so that they have more choice and control over their housing and support arrangements.
“The state government is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities, their families and carers and the disability sector in WA maximize the benefits of the NDIS.
“People with disabilities who are eligible for SDA funding face significant barriers to accessing suitable housing. By registering as an SDA provider and allowing state-owned group homes, the Washington government provides people with disabilities, their families, and caregivers with a level of security and security that they have not had before.
“The registration of state-owned group houses as SDA will benefit the people living in them, the regions with scarce accommodation for the disabled, and improve the housing options for people with complex support needs.
“The registration of state-owned housing as SDA under the NDIS is a first step on the way to more choice and control for the people living in these houses. Without full and full consultation of all stakeholders, no changes will be made to the current rules. “
As noted by Housing Secretary Peter Tinley:
“I am delighted that the funds generated by SDA will be reinvested in the sector to improve existing homes and create new accommodation options for people with complex needs.
“SDA is a great initiative that helps create housing options for people with very high needs. We will continue to work with the industry to stimulate a viable SDA market in WA with a range of vendors meeting a range of needs.
“Not only does this benefit people with disabilities, it also provides employment opportunities for many Western Australians and supports the WA Recovery Plan.”
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