The Disability Royal Commission made a number of findings and recommendations on inclusive housing.
While the Final Report does not include any autism specific recommendations on housing, it does include findings and recommendations with particular relevance to people with cognitive and intellectual disability. These may be of particular interest and relevance to some members of the autism community. These findings were informed by evidence from Autistic people and their families and supporters.
For an Easy Read version of the Commission’s report on ‘Inclusive housing’, visit here.
(a) including homelessness as a priority in Australia’s Disability Strategy and recognising that people with intellectual disability or cognitive impairment are cohorts in particular need of intensive homelessness programs and support.
(b) promoting the rights of people with cognitive impairment and intellectual disability in private accommodation and by providing greater security of tenure (particularly in supported accommodation).
(c) increasing tenancy and occupancy protections and providing access to a range of inclusive housing options.
(d) improving service integration for people with intellectual disability and cognitive disability transitioning from criminal justice or hospital settings, including by adopting an all of government ‘no leaving into homelessness’ policy.
(e) expanding pathways and support for people with disability out of homelessness, including through Housing First programs.
2. Provide people with cognitive and intellectual disability with access to appropriate and safe housing by increasing access to different types of accommodation, supporting decision making and choice and control, and improving oversight and regulation. Pages 784 – 785 of Part C, Volume 7.
To read the Commission’s final report in full on ‘Inclusive housing’, visit here.
If you would like more information about these findings or recommendations or have any questions about the Commission or its report, we encourage you to contact Your Story Disability Legal Support on 1800 77 1800, online here or by email here. We appreciate that reading this page and hearing the lived experience stories shared may raise mixed emotions and cause anxiety or distress for many people. If you, or someone you know, needs support, the following services are available.