LABOR WELCOMES EVERY AUSTRALIAN COUNTS CAMPAIGN ‘A PLACE I CAN PROUDLY CALL HOME’

April 24, 2015


Labor welcomes the release today of the Every Australian Counts campaign report ‘A Place I Can Proudly Call Home’.

Labor supports people with disability and their families to live in their own home, in safety with control and autonomy over who they live with and where.

Labor believes that people with disability deserve access to the housing options they need.

We understand that many ageing parents and carers are very anxious about what will happen to their disabled children if they become sick or die.

In government, Labor expanded access to supported accommodation for people with disability through an initial $100 million capital injection for over 300 places.

In 2011, the Labor Government established the Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund, providing $60 million to build innovative, community-based supported accommodation places for people with disability. The initiative helps to address the shortfall in supported accommodation and respite for people with disability and their carers and families by creating up to 150 new places. 

Under the National Disability Strategy, the Labor Government established Liveable Housing Australia to promote Universal Housing Design practices in the residential building and property industry so that Australian homes are more accessible.

Every Australian Counts works hard to improve the lives of Australians with disabilities.

Labor congratulates the more 650 people who submitted their stories, their dreams and their aspirations for where and how they want to live as part of the campaign.

Labor will support the campaign to help raise awareness of these important issues.

FRIDAY, 24 APRIL 2015