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Policy resources


Our policy resources cover a range of topics relating to young people in aged care. These include NDIS outcomes, specialist disability accommodation (SDA) and our submissions to government.

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March 2021

Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS Inquiry into Independent Assessments – Submission

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The Summer Foundation has made a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) inquiry into Independent Assessments.

 

We believe that the NDIS is an important and life changing government initiative that has the potential to solve the issue of younger people being forced into residential aged care and other inappropriate accommodation settings.

 

While we welcome the introduction of free and timely assessments for people stuck in hospital, we recommend postponing the proposed midyear rollout of independent assessments and implementing an evidence-based pilot, codesigned with people with disability, disability organisations and other experts in the field.


January 2021

How to Reform Support Coordination to Meet the Needs of NDIS Participants with High and Complex Needs

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National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants with high and complex needs can often experience difficulty in accessing high quality and effective support coordination. Without effective support coordination, it can be difficult to avoid or exit residential aged care (RAC). This position statement outlines the problems and what needs to change.

 

To discuss this further and to lend your support to our statement contact: George.Taleporos@summerfoundation.org.au 


January 2021

Medium Term Accommodation Eligibility, Funding and Quality to Meet the Needs of NDIS Participants

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Funding for Medium-Term Accommodation (MTA) under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is not currently delivering the necessary outcomes for participants with high and complex needs. Changes are needed to ensure that this group receives the necessary support to avoid being stuck in hospital or forced into residential aged care (RAC).

 

This position statement outlines the problems and what needs to change. To discuss this further and to lend your support to our statement contact: George.Taleporos@summerfoundation.org.au 


October 2020

Improving Outcomes for Participants who Require Supported Independent Living (SIL): Provider and Sector Consultation Paper

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The Summer Foundation has extensive experience working alongside people with high and complex support needs to understand how to ensure that housing and support solutions can be developed according to their needs and preferences. We have undertaken demonstration projects and extensive research. Based on the outcomes of the research our understanding of what it takes to effectively support people with complex needs to live in the community has evolved.

 

Drawing on this, the Summer Foundation has outlined key problems with the current dominant SIL practice and set out a vision for a reformed SIL market.


October 2020

Accessible Housing – The Way Forward: Supplementary Information Provided to the Australian Building Codes Board Consultation RIS

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The Melbourne Disability Institute (MDI) and the Summer Foundation are pleased to provide this supplementary information following our meeting with representatives from the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and the Centre for International Economics (CIE) on 17 September. This supplementary information should be read in conjunction with our submission.

The time constraints during the online meeting of 17 September 2020 did not permit full discussion of important economic considerations associated with the Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) or the qualitative study. Therefore, the following information is provided to assist CIE in their finalisation of their evaluation, and for the ABCB’s consideration of the results.


September 2020

Independent Assessments Brief and Summer Foundation Position Statement

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Functional capacity is one of the key factors in determining eligibility for the NDIS. Functional capacity is the ability to be involved in different areas of life like home, school, work and the community and to carry out tasks and actions. It considers other factors in a person’s environment that may impact day-to-day life.

 

We want to see the NDIA take action to enable fast, fair and equitable decisions and these decisions need to be made with a strong evidence base. This requires NDIA funded and well-trained assessors who have experience working with people with disability.

 

Read our full position statement by clicking on the Download now button.


September 2020

Response to the Support Coordination Discussion Paper

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This submission addresses the questions put forward in the Support Coordination Discussion Paper and highlights the need to improve the support coordination service model in a range of areas. These include ensuring access to adequate and timely support coordination; incorporating effective support coordination in the interface between the NDIS and mainstream health systems; support coordinators with specialist knowledge in housing for people with complex needs; easier access for participants to appropriately skilled and experienced support coordinators; encouraging innovation and the development of best practice approaches through training and development opportunities and Communities of Practice; and addressing conflicts of interests.


August 2020

Accessible Housing – The Way Forward: Response to the Australian Building Codes Board Consultation RIS

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The Melbourne Disability Institute (MDI) and the Summer Foundation are pleased to provide this submission in response to the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS). We have initiated three important pieces of research in response to the Consultation RIS, in order to further inform the ABCB and Ministers, viz: i) an independent review of the social cost benefit analysis; ii) a survey and interviews of people with disability that provide important new quantitative and qualitative data; and iii) an audit of accessible features in 20 new build, high volume house plans.


August 2020

Response to Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement

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The Summer Foundation is pleased to provide this submission in response to the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS).

 

The Summer Foundation endorses the stated objective of the RIS and proposes that it should include the word ‘all’: The objective of the regulatory proposal is to ensure that [all] new housing is designed to meet the needs of the community including older Australians and others with mobility limitations.

 

Summer Foundation maintains that accessible housing is for everyone, every time, every day.
It should not be regarded as ‘an optional extra’ or ‘for special people.’ The regulation of minimum standards of accessibility can bring significant benefits to the broader community and is in the public interest.


September 2019

True stories, Practical Solutions – Submission to the Royal Commission on Aged Care Quality and Safety

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The submission identifies the key policy and systemic changes needed to stop young people being forced into aged care. It covers what needs to change and how it can happen.


February 2019

Summary of Changes to SDA Framework

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On 8 February 2019, the government announced ‘immediate reforms’ to Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) to improve choice and control for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants and boost market confidence. The changes arise from an Australian Government review in 2018 of the SDA Pricing and Payments Framework.

 

This summary provides background to the changes, what has changed now, and future changes to be brought in.


July 2018

Joint Submission Review of the NDIS SDA Pricing and Payments Framework

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The Specialist Disability Accommodation Pricing and Payments Framework is a new and innovative approach to encouraging high quality accessible housing in the market via incentive payments linked to individual participants.
 
This submission is made jointly by more than 20 organisations that are advocates for people with disability or providers of SDA housing and experienced with the way the SDA Framework is operating. The submission outlines key concerns about the SDA Framework that are hampering the potential to build a diverse, innovative and responsive SDA market meeting the housing needs and preferences of participants.


June 2018

Insight into Design Issues in the Health and NDIS Systems Interface

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The implementation of the NDIS requires significant changes to the way state-based health systems operate within the new national system.
 
This paper examines the capacity, process and structural barriers that prevent coordination between the two systems and the issues specific to the NDIS/health interface, and provides solutions and recommendations for improving outcomes for NDIS participants with high and complex needs.


SDA Brief

May 2018

Summary of the NDIA’s SDA Provider and Investor Brief

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The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) published a Specialist Disability Accommodation Provider and Investor Brief on 24 April 2018. The purpose of the Brief is to clarify the SDA Pricing and Payments framework for market providers.

 

The NDIA’s Brief is quite long, so we’ve made this summary of key points. For each point, we’ve included the related page number from the Brief. We also provide our early view on what we think the Brief is saying about how SDA will operate.


November 2017

Support Coordination – A changing landscape

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Support Coordination plays a critical role in ensuring that NDIS participants are able to live a good life, especially those participants who are vulnerable and socially isolated. The result of an extensive review of literature and practice, this report provides practitioners with an overview of how the support coordination function is designed within the NDIS


August 2017

NDIS speciality disability accommodation: Pathway to a mature market

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This joint Summer Foundation–PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) paper provides a broad overview of a mature Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) market from different perspectives.

 
This report aims to provide the information necessary to see the SDA market grow. It shares our vision of what a mature SDA market will look like, highlights 5 different types of market players involved and shares lessons learnt from the growth of other markets. It also identifies 9 key enablers that can be used to monitor the maturity of the SDA market.


Citation:

Winkler, D., Bo’sher, L., Taleporos, G., Brown, A., Gay, B., Hall, S., Lorenzo, R., Rutherford, T., Teschendorf, S., Tse, A., Yeo, M. (2017). Summer Foundation and PricewaterhouseCoopers.


February 2015

Senate Inquiry Submission

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A Federal Government Senate Inquiry into the ‘Adequacy of existing residential care arrangements available for young people with severe physical, mental or intellectual disabilities in Australia was announced in December 2014. The Senate Committee for Community Affairs was interested in hearing from individuals and families about their experiences of RAC.


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