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Source: Every Australian Counts | Author: George Taleporos

At the end of last week the Federal Minister for Social Services Paul Fletcher announced a new government action plan to get young people out of aged care.

So what is in the plan, what does it have to do with the NDIS – and what will it mean for young people currently trapped in facilities around the country?

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Source: Australian Financial Review | Author: Michael Bleby

Two separate reports, one by the Summer Foundation and Social Ventures Australia, and another by Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), into the sector forecast to become a $5 billion housing asset class show that while the unmet need is large, it still suffers from a lack of local market information that impedes investment and certainty about revenue flows.

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The Summer Foundation welcomes Parliament’s commitment to a Royal Commission into the Abuse of People with Disabilities

The Summer Foundation is pleased that a motion for a Royal Commission into the violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability in institutional and residential settings has been passed with bi-partisan support. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he will work with the states and territories to establish the Royal Commission.

Having choice and control over where you live and who you live with is critical to addressing the high levels of violence and abuse that people with disabilities are subjected to.

Very few alternatives exist for people with high support needs and too many are stuck in hospital wards or are forced into residential aged care – an unacceptable option where abuse and neglect is commonly reported. We want to see continued action to promote more independent living options for people with disabilities to live where and with whom they choose, free from violence and with access to high quality housing and support options.

New and contemporary models of housing and support are creating alternatives for people with high support needs, including through the NDIS’ Specialist Disability Accommodation initiative. These point to the future of safe and inclusive housing options for people with disability.

The Royal Commission is an opportunity to learn from victims about the true cost of segregation and institutionalisation. We hope the Royal Commission will help to foster high quality housing alternatives for Australians with disability who are stuck in hospital wards or are forced into residential aged care.

The NDIS is life-changing for many people with disability – especially if you are eligible for specialist disability accommodation (SDA) funding. If you have very high physical support needs, having SDA funding may give you a chance to think about moving out of your parents’ home – or out of a nursing home – for the very first time.

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