In January 2018, the NSW Department of Family and Community Services released the consultation paper: Protections for Residents of Long Term Supported Group Accommodation in NSW. The aim of the paper was to engage with people with disability who are residents in supported accommodation, their families and carers, service providers and other stakeholders; to ensure that people with disability living in group homes have rights and protections as private rental tenants and boarding house residents, and to have these rights and protections set out in legislation.
The current legislated protections for people in rented accommodation do not apply to people with disability living in supported group accommodation.
While there is no clear data on the number of people with disability, the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census data indicated that over 129,000 people in
Western Sydney need assistance with core activities. This represents 5.6 percent of the region’s population.1
The NSW Department of Family and Community Services estimate 60002 people with disability live in group homes across NSW.
Article 28 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities highlights the right for an adequate standard of living and social protection. Clause 1 specifically outlines that people with disability have a right to “ ….. an adequate standard of living for themselves and their families, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions, and shall take appropriate steps to safeguard and promote the realization of this right without discrimination on the basis of disability”. This statement forms the basis of Western Sydney Community Forum’s submission to the consultation paper.
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2 FACS Consultation Paper: Protections for Residents of Long Term Supported Accommodation in NSW, January 2018.