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Accommodating the NDIS: Maximising housing choice in a reformed disability sector

The nationwide rollout of the NDIS is transforming disability services in Australia. The availability of individualised NDIS support funding could potentially create new housing opportunities for people with disability who will be able to receive support wherever they live. However, the shortfall in supply of housing both affordable and physically accessible in locations well connected to employment, services and amenities remains a key challenge facing this historic reform. The study identified the factors enabling people with disability receiving individualised funding to transition into housing which better suits their preferences and needs. The study investigated the following research questions:

  • How do emergent practices in the funding and delivery of disability support services impact on housing demand among people with disability?
  • How do people with disability secure their preferred housing and living arrangements?
  • What are the shelter and non-shelter outcomes for people with disability who moved to their preferred housing and living arrangements?

In addressing these questions, the study involved in-depth interviews with key stakeholders in the disability and housing sectors and with people with disability who moved to housing of their choice following receipt of individualised funding in three Australian jurisdictions.

In line with inclusive disability research practice principles, the study was delivered through a partnership between UNSW, RMIT, People With Disability Australia (PWDA) and People with Disability Western Australia (PWDWA).


Catherine Bridge
Chief Investigator
Karen Fisher
Chief Investigator
Carmel Laragy
Chief Investigator
Wendy Shaw
Chief Investigator
Ilan Wiesel  (Vizel)
Dr Ilan Vizel
Chief Investigator

Funded by

Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC)

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