Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Stuart Robert, along with the local member for Wannon, Dan Tehan, today unveiled new Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) in Warrnambool.
The building, a four-bedroom fully supported house with two semi-independent units built by local disability provider Southern Stay Disability Services, will provide housing and support for eight local people with a disability.
Significantly, seven of the eight participants will be moving into SDA for the first time.
Mr Tehan said the development signalled to the disability community in western Victoria the NDIS is driving greater access to appropriate housing and supports.
‘This development marks a significant achievement for the local community,’ Mr Tehan said.
‘We want to continue to build an inclusive and thriving community in western Victoria, and this development ensures more locals with a disability can access the supports they need to live a more independent life.’
Minister Robert said the new accommodation in Warrnambool is one of 765 newly-built SDA houses nationally and continues the Morrison Government’s commitment to facilitate growth and innovation in the SDA market.
‘The growth of new housing models is integral to achieving choice and control for all Australians with a disability,’ Minister Robert said.
Today’s opening comes after new data shows progress is being made on the Morrison Government’s action plan to reduce the number of people entering and living in aged care.
The most recent COAG NDIS Quarterly Report (as at 31 December 2019) shows the number of young people in residential aged care has decreased by 13 per cent since March 2017, with less young people now entering residential aged care – down 39 per cent since the June 2017 quarter.
The Morrison Government has released its plan to deliver on the promise of the NDIS. For more information, visit www.ndis.gov.au