Accessible housing a core focus of new State Disability Strategy

An increased focus on providing disability friendly housing in WA forms a key part of the recently released State Disability Strategy 2020-30, launched by the State Government on International Day of People with Disability, last week.

Developed in close consultation with disability advocates, the strategy titled A Western Australia for Everyone is underpinned by a ‘whole of community’ commitment and is driven by the four pillars of participation and contribution, inclusive community, living well, and rights and equality.

Accompanying the strategy was the first of several action plans to commence work in achieving the key commitments under the plan, including an increase of government owned Specialist Disability Accommodation properties to 400, with a strong link to existing NDIS initiatives in housing.

The lack of adequate supply of disability friendly accommodation in both the private and public markets is acknowledged within the strategy, as is a willingness to work with industry to meeting these demands and the importance of universal design principles being embedded within developments.

The need for suitable and housing choice in the disability sector is also reinforced in the strategy with the living well focus, noting the need for accessible housing to be well connected to adequate transport options and support services.

The strategy also highlights that currently 2 in 5 social housing households across WA include a person with disability.

In its August pre-budget submission, the Property Council specifically called for Specialist Disability Accommodation funding to facilitate increased development of accessible housing.

You can access A Western Australia for Everyone – State Disability Strategy 2020-2030 here.