Apr 26

CLA’s Newsletter March 2017


ABN:41 147 202 800

March Edition 2017



Chairman’s & Secretaries Report


Cloverleaf update

The demolition of the house and removal of the trees on the block at Murray Anderson Road was completed in January. The site now has a construction fence erected and a notice board detailing the project on site.

This quarter we have been involved in the preconstruction program. Our progress is as follows:-

-All consultant’s documentation structural and services coordination aspects are well advanced. The design drawings were submitted to the quantity surveyor to enable preparation of the pretender cost estimate. This estimate and the design drawings will enable us to proceed with obtaining firm costings tenders from builders.

The design now is generally compliant with the platinum level of the Livable Housing Design Guidelines.

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Cloverleaf partners gather at clearing the block Murray Anderson Road

Expected completion date May 2018


NDIS planning

WE have also been active on the future housing needs for our members. Many are confused with the NDIS in general and indeed with what is proposed for housing for people with a severe and profound intellectual disability. The NDIS system is as follows

When a region is scheduled to be included in the NDIS (mid 2018 for the Southern region), each person will be interviewed by a Local Area Coordinator from the NDIA. This interview is to determine the following:-

1 Is the person eligible for NDIS support.

To be eligible a person must have disability attributable to intellectual, cognitive, neurological, sensory, and physical or a psychiatric condition. Such disabilities must substantially reduce the functional capacity in one or more areas of communication, social interaction, learning, mobility, self-care, or self- management

2 If deemed to meet the above, information is collected detailing the participant’s goals, objectives, aspirations, living arrangements, social and economic participation, current supports and any reasonable and necessary supports that will be funded by the NDIS.

3 Using the information collected the person is then matched to a reference package. These packages have been developed based upon the age, disability type and level of function. This is then refined to the participants first plan by evaluating their level of reduced functional capacity to undertake learning and social interaction, mobility, self-care, self-management and communication.

As can be appreciated to ensure that you are awarded the correct level of support means that you will have to be very well prepared for this meeting with the local area coordinator

In regard to living arrangements, the NDIS only provides the financial packages for support. The decision of where you live, with whom you live is your responsibility. Furthermore, on the question of whether the NDIS will assist with financing the bricks and mortar, this is dependent upon the assessed level of support required and the most cost effective way of providing this under the NDIS. The basic question is can the person live in a standard house (probably with modifications funded by the NDIS) or is it more economical to provide this support in specially built accommodation. This requirement will limit the number of people who will be assessed as requiring special disability accommodation to one in seventeen of the total number of people seeking accommodation. The balance of people will be housed in private rentals or affordable public housing. The rental payments for this accommodation will come from their disability support pension and any rental assistance they receive.


Housing Forum 2 March at Mornington Peninsula Shire Library Room

To assist families to understand the complexities of housing options under the NDIS, CLA with our partners held a housing forum. At the forum our guest speakers distributed information upon the process of obtaing a package, the types of housing funding package available and the restricted number of people who will be able to access SDA funding. One of the papers presented by John Carter from Housing Choices Australia is included below.

The NDIA’s SDA initiative only addresses a small part of the accommodation puzzle for people with disability. (Approximately 6% of the anticipated participants) or 1 in 17 people!

Many people who miss the allowance will be no better off than before SDA, and will be left to source housing from the traditional housing markets.

  • Private rental/purchase
  • Public Housing
  • Community housing associations

State governments will no longer provide vacancy management and tenant matching

  • State governments previously held a leading role in facilitating flat-mate matching, and coordinating management of vacancies in funded, shared supported accommodation. This role ceases as state funding transitions to the NDIS.
  • The people who will now facilitate matching solutions (support coordinators) do not have the means to connect people with disability seeking flat-mates to appropriate and affordable housing stocks
  • The NDIA’s preference is for the market to address the need for matching and vacancy management services. The NDIA will maintain a list of SDA approved participants and vacancies but is not planning to capture the detailed profile information to enable quality matching based on interests and preferences.

How do people work through the disability-housing maze?

  1. Understand the planning process, and prepare well, specifically in relation to your loved-ones accommodation needs and aspirations
  2. Understand what supports (other than SDA) are available to assist you find and manage your accommodation needs. For example:- Support coordination, tenancy support, home modifications
  3. Form local area support groups (such as CLA) and breakdown to sub-groups of like needs or wishes.
  • Those people that are likely to receive SDA
  • Those people that are happy to explore shared accommodation
  • Those people that can provide housing capital
  • Meet with community housing providers to build working relationships and influence their future disability housing plans.

If you intend to work with a community housing provider there are a few things you should know!

  • Community Housing providers need to understand what the demand is before they will invest in this sector.
  • Community Housing providers generally lack good knowledge or understandings of the disability support sector
  • Community Housing providers biggest risk to investing in disability accommodation is vacancies. For the fact that the state is getting out of vacancy management, this a major hurdle. Local area support groups like CLA can play a big role here.
  • There is no new funding either state or federal on the foreseeable horizon for new growth housing stock. This will limit community-housing provider’s ability to offer quality accommodation to people with disability at any reasonable scale.


Carers Statement

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Carers and Volunteers Gabrielle Williams

“The Carers Statement is the next step to ensure we are reminded about the role and challenges of carers to ensure we can better respond to their needs.” 

“We want to hear from carers of all kinds, whether they are caring for a person with a disability, mental illness or an older person. We want to capture as many views as we can.”

In relation to the Carer Statement, Carers Victoria will be hosting a number of consultations for carers and organisations that support carers to find out what works best in existing services and supports and what could be improved. Carers can also have their say by completing an online or paper survey.

CLA members are meeting with Carers Victoria to contribute to this survey. If you wish to be part of this survey please contact Marie.

For more information on this survey and the opportunities to contribute please visit www.carersvictoria.org.au. Please circulate to your networks so we can ensure as many voices as possible are heard.


Alfred Health

Respite Respite for Older Carers (ROC) is a respite funding package for carers over the age of 60, or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders aged 45 and over, who care for a person with a disability. It provides ongoing funding which can be used for a variety of respite options based on individual needs. ROC packages can be used flexibly to provide regular respite or short term breaks. Some of the packages may be allocated for specific training or a contribution towards the purchase of specialized aids and equipment if this will facilitate access to respite. To find out more, please phone us on 1800 052 222 and we can tell you about eligibility and provide you with any forms which need to be completed.


Local Support Local Services

CLA with the support of the Southern Mornington Peninsula Uniting Church has been able to source some funds to run a support & advocacy program for caring families on the Peninsula. The service will operate from an office at the church site in 2 Murray Anderson Rd Rosebud. We are still trying for additional funding so that the service can be effective in assisting as many families as possible to pre-plan before the NDIS comes to the Peninsula in 2018. CLA feels there is a real need;

  • to support an understanding of the NDIS with families across the peninsula,
  • to support families who are in urgent need of support prior to the NDIS but who are being ignored by DHHS,
  • to assist families to begin to think constructively and realistically about what they may need/want from the NDIS,
  • to think about housing requirements and actively work to create housing opportunities
  • to offer information and support to those who are unsure of SDA eligibility and to assist those who will not be eligible but still need support.

CLA have been very fortunate in having a consultant Marsha Sheridan work on two submissions that have been given to the State Government and also the NDIS outlining our proposal to assist caring families on Peninsula. We are also in conversations with local organizations funded by the government to assist families, we hope to be able to work in partnership with other dedicated organizations to reach a successful outcome like we did to establish Cloverleaf.

CLA has been granted a meeting with the Parliamentry Secretary for Health, Carers and Volunteers Gabrielle Williams. We will do our best to highlight the needs of carers as well as providing a local solution to assist families before the NDIS in 2018. Especially around housing options.

Our proposed program will support the NDIS Local Area Coordinator who will have a huge initial workload when the NDIS comes to the Mornington Peninsula in 2018 to interview the potential participants entering the NDIS to prepare their support plans.                   CLA Newletter pic3Cloverleaf residents and families get together Dec 2016





Kevin Turner – Chairperson

Marie Hell – Secretary

Carol Lowther – Fundraising

Rohani Bixler – Legal

Collen Mackay – Events coordination

Co-opted Members

Paul Lyons – Honorary Treasurer

Lynne Keogh Fundraising

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