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Inclusive disability housing, efficient support and better outcomes for NDIS participants in rural, regional and remote Australia – Summer Foundation submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS

In response to feedback from the SDA panel, the Summer Foundation has developed a resource to help support coordinators and allied health professionals prepare an NDIS participant housing statement.

The Participant Housing Statement Template seeks to ensure that the NDIA provides people with funding that reflects their preferred housing option.

People under 65 in residential aged care (RAC), or at risk of admission to RAC, with complex disability support needs, whose disability prevents them from living in a mainstream housing option, may only need to submit a participant housing statement between 2 and 5 pages long.

The participant housing statement with supporting documentation should be submitted to the NDIA. Supporting documentation includes allied health assessments, carer statements, RAC care plans, incident and police reports. We have developed a Participant Housing Statement Template to assist.

Who this template is for

This template is for people in residential aged care (RAC), or at risk of admission to RAC, and others at risk of permanent admission to RAC. For all other NDIS participants testing their eligibility for SDA, we recommend submitting a housing plan. See our How to Write a Housing Plan Guide and Template.

Considerations

Allied health professional reports must address:
– Section 34, R&N, of the NDIS Act 2013
– SDA Rules 2020, Eligibility, andmeets SDA needs requirement (Rules 11- 18)

Providing extensive evidence to the NDIA supports people’s choice and control and guards against the NDIA funding them to live in a group home.

The decision to supplement allied health reports with a housing plan or a participant housing statement rests with the participant. Consider the circumstances and preferred housing outcome when deciding.