Media Release by The Hon Mal Brough MP

Consultations open for Disability Supported Accommodation options

The Howard Government is opening consultations to establish the best options for providing 1750 new supported accommodation places for people with disabilities.

Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Mal Brough, today said these consultations are part of the Prime Minister’s announcement of an extra $962 million to help older carers and their families as part of the Government’s $1.8 billion disability package announced in late June.

“The priority for the additional places will be for people with severe and profound disabilities aged 40 years and over, who are currently cared for by a parent who is 65 years or over,” Mr Brough said.

“We want to hear the views of people with disabilities, carers and service providers on best options for providing these new supported accommodation places so they best meet the needs of those who will be using them.

“The Howard Government recognises a one-size fits all model will not be suitable for all people and communities, and these public consultations will go towards addressing the flexibility required to meet people’s needs,” Mr Brough said.

Commencing on 10 September, public meetings will be held in metropolitan and regional centres across Australia through to mid October 2007.

Written submissions will also be accepted up to Friday 26 October.

A discussion paper on this initiative will be available from 28 August at FaCSIA website and by calling 1800 045 394.

To get details of the public meetings and register your interest, call 1800 045 394 or email disabilityaccommodation (