This project will analyse existing individualised disability service funding programs in Australia and internationally.

  • Project dates: 2014
  • Grants and funding: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)

Through the analysis of existing individualised disability service funding programs, the study will identify factors enabling people with disability to retain or transition into housing which better suits their needs and preferences, and consider housing policy options in response to DisabilityCare.

Project objectives

This project aims to:

  • Identify those factors enabling people with disability to transition into, or sustain, housing which better suits their preferences and needs, in the context of individualised support funding.
  • Inform current planning in government, non-government and private housing providers in response to potential changes in housing demand from people with disability following the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

In the process, the project will conduct a critical analysis and examination of the following questions:

  1. To what extent can individualised support funding enable people with disability to remain in, or to transition out of, their family home? What key factors underpin such transitions?
  2. To what extent can individualised support funding enable transition of people with disability out of residential care? What key factors underpin such transitions?
  3. How do housing options for people with individualised support funding vary across jurisdictions and geographic regions, for people with different types and level of disability and for people with disability of Aboriginal background?
  4. What strategies are currently used, or under consideration, by government, non-government and private housing providers, to offer a diversity of housing options for people with disability in the context of individualised support funding?

Research method

  1. Literature review of housing outcomes of individualised funding programs in Australia and overseas (drawing on existing evaluations).
  2. Interviews with key stakeholders in the disability and housing sectors; and interviews with people with disability enabled to move into, or remain in, housing of their choice following receipt of individualised funding in three Australian jurisdictions.

Key People

Lead researcher

Carmel Laragy

Carmel Laragy

Senior Research Fellow

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Key researchers

    • Dr Ilan Wiesel (Research Fellow, UNSW)
    • Dr Catherine Bridge (Associate Professor, UNSW)
    • Dr Karen Fisher (Associate Professor, UNSW)
    • Dr Carmel Laragy (Senior Lecturer, RMIT)
    • Dr Wendy Shaw (Senior Lecturer, UNSW)

Research partner

  • UNSW (lead research partner)

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