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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 3 December 2020) . . Page.. 258 ..

Disability services—housing(Question No 72)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Disability, upon notice, on 4 December 2020 (redirected to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development):

(1) Is there currently an ACT disability housing strategy.

(2) How does the ACT Government support disability housing, in relation to both public and private housing.

(3) How many applicants on the ACT housing waiting list are identified as living with a disability, to the date this question on notice was published.

(4) How many of these applicants are currently on the priority waiting list.

(5) How many people living with disability are currently residing in ACT housing, to the date this question on notice was published.

(6) What percentage of ACT housing properties accommodate people living with disability.

(7) What concerns have been identified by the ACT Government in relation to disability housing, and what measures will the Government take to improve and/or resolve these concerns.

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

(1) The ACT Housing Strategy (the Strategy) outlines the ACT Government’s strategy for disability housing and includes a range of commitments specific to this issue. The ACT Housing Strategy can be found at

(2) The ACT Government supports the full continuum of housing needs, as set out in the Strategy. The Strategy recognises that there are people in the ACT community on low incomes and facing disadvantage who are left behind in the current housing market. It continues the ACT Government’s long held commitment to intervening where the housing market fails to provide for these people in our community. The Strategy is based around five goals that focus on making improvements in the housing market to address issues of most concern to the community. Goal one within the Strategy is “an equitable, diverse and sustainable supply of housing for the ACT community,” with a key objective to encourage well designed, environmentally sustainable, and accessible housing.

Actions under this goal include planning for the integration of new housing types in existing urban environments, including links to transport, open space, community and cultural facilities, and undertaking appropriate planning and design for greenfield estates to support a variety of housing types and urban environments. In addition, new requirements under the Civil Law (Sale of Residential Property) Act 2003 require property owners to disclose whether the home is an adaptable housing dwelling when it is advertised for sale or lease. This will help buyers to determine whether the property is adaptable to their needs, prior to viewing the home.

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