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Building innovative accommodation for people with disability

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Twenty-one organisations across Australia will share $60 million to help build community-based accommodation for adults with severe or profound disability.

People with disability need access to a range of supported accommodation models that will allow them, and their carers, to participate as valued members of their communities.

The Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund will help address a shortfall in supported accommodation and respite for people with disability.

It will encourage innovation and drive change in the way supported accommodation services are provided.

Negotiations for funding agreements are in progress with the successful 21 organisations, which will be responsible for 27 projects, providing 169 new supported accommodation and respite places across the country.

This is 19 more places than we originally committed to delivering.

The new places will be available to people with severe or profound disability.

Some of the places will be provided for people with ageing carers or people in rural and remote communities, and there are specific projects that will be provided for Indigenous communities.

The new innovative accommodation includes a vertical village with an accessible gym, and homes designed with leading edge technologies based on world’s best practice in sustainable housing, including home automation with motion detected lighting, and electronic devices to enhance hearing and speech difficulties.

This initiative will also help reduce the number of young people with disability who are cared for in nursing homes, or those at risk of placement in residential aged care.

These projects, which are to be completed by June 2014, build on the Australian Government’s $100 million capital injection in 2008 to build more than 300 supported accommodation places, which are on track to be delivered this year.

For more information on the Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund go to or for a list of successful projects see attachment.


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Organisation State Project Title

Funding (GST excl.)

CatholicCare Canberra and Goulburn ACT

Gungahlin Living In Networked Communities (LINC) Program $1,200,000

Affordable Community Housing Ltd NSW

Ryde Area Supported Accommodation for Intellectually Disabled $3,733,598

Affordable Community Housing Ltd NSW Grandview Project $2,080,327

Compass Housing Services Co Ltd NSW Hunter Villages $7,371,200

Endeavour Industries Ltd NSW Edgeworth Gardens Residential Development


Housing Plus NSW

Dubbo Supported Accommodation Project $1,815,909

North Coast Community Housing Company NSW House to Home $637,500

Organisation State Project Title

Funding (GST excl.)

North Coast Community Housing Company NSW House to Home $600,000

North Coast Community Housing Company NSW House to Home $600,000

The Disability Trust NSW

The WorkAble Living Project $800,000

Life Without Barriers NT

Alice Springs Respite Centre $1,302,728

Cootharinga North Queensland


My Home is Smarter, Greener and Accessible! (Cootharinga Housing Innovations)


Kyabra Community Association


Three Resident DMD Home Fitzgibbon $729,119

Kyabra Community Association


Three Resident Home, Wynnum $764,011

Synapse (Brain Injury Association of Qld Inc.) Qld

Wabu Gadun Bulmba Gurriny Mukanji $4,592,720

Community Accommodation and Respite Agency (Cara) Inc. SA

Addressing unmet need and personal development through Regional Farm Stay Respite


Centacare Tasmania Tas Supported Accommodation Drake Street


Kingston Uniting Church in Australia Tas

Kingston Uniting Church Residential Community, Rowallan Park $2,801,650

Active Property Services Management Ltd Vic

Active Whittlesea, New Beginnings $1,041,060

Organisation State Project Title

Funding (GST excl.)

Community Housing (Vic) Ltd Vic Heidelberg Key Ring $1,612,220

each Housing Limited Vic Building an Independent Future $2,465,800

each Housing Limited Vic Independent Living Venus Bay $710,690

Haven Vic Cairo $4,100,000

Housing Choices Australia Vic Gateways and HCA Innovative Housing Model, Greater Geelong


Housing Choices Australia Vic

Supporting Pathways for Disability Accommodation in Bairnsdale


Mission Australia Housing Vic Lardner Road Mixed Purpose Unit Development


Yarra Community Housing Ltd Vic Dual Disability, Housing

and Support