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Disability services—housing
(Question No 576)

Mr Milligan asked the Minister for Disability, upon notice, on 11 February 2022:

(1) Given that under the Intergovernmental Agreement for the NDIS, the Territory remains responsible for the provision of housing for those both on the NDIS, but also for those not on the NDIS, how many houses have been provided in the ACT suitable for people living with a disability.

(2) How many people with a disability are living in those houses referred to in part (1).

(3) Does the ACT Government also provide rental support for those living with a Disability not currently on the NDIS; if so, how many people are accessing that housing.

(4) How many people living with a disability are currently waiting to live in suitable housing.

Ms Davidson: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

Question 1

The ACT Government provides non-NDIS funded disability housing within its remit for public housing as provided by Housing ACT within the Community Services Directorate. Currently Housing ACT has 2750 properties within its public housing portfolio that are Class C Adaptable or have been modified for disability.

Since 1 July 2015, 35 per cent of properties added to public housing are Class C adaptable housing.

Within the Growing and Renewing Public Housing Program that supports the ACT Housing Strategy, Housing ACT aims to design and build to Class C wherever possible. However, where site topography constrains ability to deliver an accessible dwelling, Housing ACT will opt for the Liveable Housing Australia Gold standard. Housing ACT’s expectation is that 70 per cent or more of future deliveries will meet the requirements for Class C. The vast majority of the remaining dwellings will meet or exceed the Liveable Housing Australia Gold Standard.

Adaptable housing ensures people of a range of ages and abilities can live within the home and they can be easily adapted to meet changing household needs without requiring costly or substantial modifications.

Question 2

There are 1913 people with disability currently residing in a public housing property certified as Class C adaptable or modified for disability.

Note: The numbers provided for Questions 1 and 2 refer only to public housing where tenancies are directly managed by Housing ACT and do not include numbers of people with a disability residing in properties managed by Community Housing Providers.

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