Media Release by Senator the Hon Jan McLucas

Closing soon: Applications to build supported accommodation

Applications are being encouraged to the Australian Government’s new $60 million Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund which closes later this month.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas said applications to develop accommodation for people with disability close on 20 January 2012.

“All people with disability should be able to make choices about where they live,” Senator McLucas said.

“I know that people with disability are crying out for more accommodation options – for example, many ageing carers face uncertainty about what will happen to their children when they are no longer able to care for them.”

“Our government wants to see people with disability have access to a range of supported accommodation models that will allow them to participate as valued members of their communities.”

“The Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund is about encouraging innovation and driving change in the way supported accommodation services are provided.“

The Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund delivers on a Gillard Government election commitment and will deliver up to 150 innovative, community-based supported accommodation and respite places for people with severe or profound disability.

Projects could include renovations to existing homes, pooled resources to build contemporary accommodation services close to community and health services, or the modification of established accommodation within the community.

The Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund is in addition to $7.6 billion being provided to state and territory governments through the National Disability Agreement to deliver increased and improved specialist disability services.

And it builds on the Australian Government’s $100 million capital injection in 2008 to build more than 300 supported accommodation places, which are on track to be delivered this year.

For more information on the Supported Accommodation Innovation Fund, including applications forms, visit or

Applications close at 2pm AEST on Friday 20 January 2012.