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Appropriate housing critical for NDIS success

The Australian Greens support calls by the disability and community sector to ensure the housing needs of people with disability are planned for as the NDIS is rolled out.

"A core part of providing choice and control to people with disability is ensuring a range of secure and independent housing options are available," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on disability said today.

"The Community Housing Federation of Australia has estimated that by the time the NDIS is fully operational, there will be an unmet need for more than 80,000 dwellings.

"A range of secure housing choices plays a fundamental role in a person's quality of life and independence. It is unacceptable that people with disability are stuck in inappropriate accommodation, such as institutions.

"If people with disability are unable to find accommodation, then the NDIS won't fully deliver its objectives.

"Secure, independent accommodation is particularly important, as unsafe accommodation is a significant factor in the unacceptably high level of violence against women with disability.

"By being aware of this issue now and taking action, the Government can ensure that future needs are met.

"I encourage the Government to work with participants at today's forum," Senator Siewert concluded.


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