Promoting innovation in housing and Assistive Technology

Housing

Specialist Disability Accommodation () aims to give people with disability the opportunity to be a part of their community, rather than isolated from it.  supports greater independence for the individual, improved features in their homes and promotes the use of Assistive Technology and the creation of new support models.

It also aims to help people to live in locations that enable them to better access their informal and paid supports.  was implemented as a funded NDIS support on 1 July 2016. It came into full effect from 14 March 2017.

 funding will increase the availability of high-quality, fit-for-purpose homes for people with extreme functional impairments or very high support needs. By increasing the supply of , participants will have choice and control over where they live and who they live with, just like all other members of the community.

Nonetheless, the NDIA recognises the need to ensure appropriate pricing to encourage a sufficient supply of .

Assistive Technology

The Agency has been working in the last 12 months to implement the proposed initiatives of the Assistive Technology () Strategy while helping participants and providers to transition to full Scheme.

Assistive technologies cover the full spectrum of technology from new and sophisticated devices like specialised apps on smartphones, to simple but effective tools like tactile maps and walking sticks.

Better design and accessibility features are increasingly making universal technologies (e.g. tablet computers) an important assistive technology in the daily lives of people with disability.  helps people with disability live a more independent and more inclusive life.

Major presentations and workshops explaining the approach to  have been shared with more than 1,000 providers and participants in the last year.

The Agency is focussed on delivering key projects against each of the three proposed initiatives.

The projects include the  Innovation Hub Scoping and Feasibility Study, which was completed in 2016. The Agency is developing a plan to implement the recommendations of the study which was completed by the University of Technology Sydney with input from Northcott Innovation. The study included substantial contributions from a range of people with disability.

Policy guidance continues to be developed and published to support participants in receiving their reasonable and necessary  supports and services in complex and emerging  markets, including:

At 30 June 2017:

  • 30 per cent of participants have assistive technology in their NDIS plan.
  • 10 per cent of participants have home modifications in their NDIS plan.
  • A total of $207.3 million has been committed for  and home modifications in plans*.

*does not include items from the consumables support category such as continence products.

Hand of person touching assistive technology device.

Communication AT is used by some participants to participate in conversations and manage their daily lives.