Government perspectives on housing, technology and support design within Australia's National Disability Strategy

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Australia's National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a significant disability reform and part of a 10-year National Disability Strategy that aims to build well-being and inclusion of Australians with disability. Housing is recognised as a key determinant of health. Transition of state-funded supported accommodation to an NDIS, within the new Specialist Disability Accommodation framework, aims to deliver housing responses that positively influence NDIS participant outcomes. This study aimed to gather perspectives of government disability and housing representatives on current opportunities and issues for Australians with disability. The study investigated four key research questions, relating to built design; integrated technologies; the relationship between housing and support provision; and community precinct design. Nineteen government representatives from seven of the eight Australian states and territories participated in a roundtable focus group in Melbourne, Australia (March 2017). Focus group data were audiotaped, transcribed verbatim and thematically analysed. Twelve themes were identified in response to the research questions identified. Key policy and practice implications were highlighted. This research offers insights from government that can contribute to strategic housing, technology, support and community design decisions and Australia's National Disability Strategy, to deliver improved outcomes for people with disability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-222
Number of pages17
JournalAustralian Journal of Social Issues
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018


  • communities
  • digital technology
  • disability insurance
  • people with disabilities
  • policy

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