Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 3 December 2020) . . Page.. 260 ..
The ACT Government has heard about the lack of accessible and affordable housing in the Canberra housing market and this feedback has shaped the ACT Government’s actions and commitments. The Parliamentary and Governing Agreement for the 10th Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory also includes a commitment to amend building legislation to set a proportion of new residential properties in the ACT built to meet Universal Design standards to make them able to be adapted and accessible to all people regardless of age, disability or other factors.
The ACT Government has supported two disability accommodation projects under the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund grants. The Summer Foundation has developed a new housing needs tool, to support people with disabilities and their families to find suitable accommodation. Rights and Inclusion Australia is undertaking a project to reduce housing stress amount people with a disability in the ACT, by identifying suitable housing options available to this cohort.
The outcome of these projects will provide information to the Government about the issues faced and types of enhanced support required for members of community with disabilities.
An example of the Government’s work to address the issues raised, was the completion of 66 Class C Adaptable two-bedroom units at Kaleen (‘Toolangi’) in March 2019. Thirty three units at the site have been identified as public housing and are managed by Housing ACT and the remaining 33 units are managed by CatholicCare and target low to middle income households, older people (particularly women) in rental stress and people with disability.
Health—disability services(Question No 73)
Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Disability, upon notice, on 4 December 2020 (redirected to the Minister for Health):
(1) Is there currently an ACT disability health strategy.
(2) How does the ACT Government support disability in the ACT health sector, both public and private.
(3) How many people living with disability are waiting on specialist appointments in the ACT, to the date this question on notice was published.
(4) What percentage of the waiting list comprise people living with disability.
(5) How many people living with disability are waiting on elective surgeries in the ACT, to the date this question on notice was published.
(6) What percentage of the waiting list comprise of people living with disability.
(7) What concerns have been identified by the ACT government in relation to disability health, and what measures will the Government take to improve and/or resolve these concerns.