NSW welcomes clarity on specialist disability housing

People with disability and service providers in NSW have been given much-needed clarity on the future of specialist disability housing, Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced.

The NSW Government welcomed the release of the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) Specialist Disability Accommodation Position Paper on Draft Pricing and Payments. It details the pricing and payment approach that will fund specialist disability accommodation for eligible National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants from 1 July 2016.

Minister Ajaka said the release of the Draft Position Paper was an important milestone in giving people with disability, their families, carers and providers greater clarity about specialist housing in NSW.

“The NDIS gives people real choice and control over their own lives, including being able to choose where they want to live.

“From talking to providers, I know just how eager the sector is in NSW to plan for the future, and explore new, innovative models of delivering specialist housing.

“That is why, for the past year I have been working closely with my ministerial colleagues, including through the Disability Reform Council, to progress this important part of the NDIS.

“I congratulate the Commonwealth Minister for Social Services Christian Porter for overseeing the development of this policy, and I look forward to him taking the necessary steps  to make the arrangements final,” Mr Ajaka said.

Specialist Disability Accommodation refers to specialist designed housing for those participants requiring integrated housing and supports, due to their significant functional impairment and/or complex needs.

The NDIA has invited stakeholders to provide their feedback on the Draft Position Paper by Friday 15 April 2016.

Following the consultation, the NDIA will then release the final Specialist Disability Accommodation benchmark pricing and payments approach before the NDIS commencing on 1 July 2016.

For more information about the Position Paper, go to: https://myplace.ndis.gov.au/ndisstorefront/news/sda-decision-paper-0.html