$15 million to boost regional disability accommodation
TWO regional disability organisations will share in $15 million to provide people with a disability cared for by their parents their own accommodation.
The push to build more disability supported accommodation comes amid fears of a housing shortage once DisabilityCare is rolled out in 2018.
As part of a State Government drive to tackle the challenge, $15 million will be divvied out over the next three years to non-government organisations to create more viable accommodation options.
Among the first round of recipients is the Endeavour Foundation in Bundaberg and Multicap in Rockhampton.
The Newman Government will give $993,000 to Endeavour to help it build two units for people with a disability and two additional units for non-disability use alongside a spare room for family sleepovers in Bundaberg.
Multicap will receive $700,000 to go towards constructing two facilities encompassing two two-bedroom units in Rockhampton.
Three other organisations in Queensland have also been named as recipients in the first round of the Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Trial.
People on the Disability Services Department's register of need will be eligible for the trial.
The criteria for each new home or unit will differ depending on a person's disability and related needs.
Disability Services Minister Tracy Davis said there were parents in the community that had cared for their children all of their life.
She said the program would help find suitable accommodation in the lead up to DisabilityCare but acknowledged the challenge over how capacity was built into accommodation ahead of the long-awaited nationwide roll out.
"It certainly needs to be built on," she said.
"It's an area where there is growing need and interest."
Tenders for the second round of funding under the Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Trial will be called for later this year.