Inquiry into Supported Accommodation for Victorians with a Disability and/or Mental Illness

Report and Government Response

The Committee tabled its report for the Inquiry into Supported Accommodation for Victorians with a Disability and/or Mental Illness out of session on 12 January 2010.

Click on the front cover of the report to download an electronic copy.

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Please contact the Committee office if you would like to receive a hard copy of the report.

The Government Response to the report was tabled out of session on 12 July 2010.

Hearings and Transcripts

Individuals as well as representatives and clients of the following organisations presented evidence to the Committee at Public Hearings held in Melbourne and regional Victoria for this Inquiry.
Transcripts are listed in alphabetical order.

Action on Disabilities within Ethnic Communities (ADEC) 38 Kb
Annecto 56 Kb
APROTCH, Ballarat Community Health Centre 41 Kb
Baird, Tony 22 Kb
Ballarat Health Services 52 Kb
Barrier Breakers 43 Kb
Barwon disAbility Resource Council 57 Kb
Bayview Disability Services (McKillop Family Services) 13 Kb
Bendigo Health Care Group 30 Kb
Carers and Parents Support Group Inc. (Benalla) 58 Kb
Carers Victoria 68 Kb
Central Gippsland Aboriginal Cooperative 28 Kb
CIPAID 18 Kb
Community Housing Federation of Victoria (CHFV) 49 Kb
Dawn Accommodation 12 Kb
DHS: Executive Director, Disability Services Division, Arthur Rogers &
Executive Director, Mental Health Branch & Drug Division, Gill Callister
111 Kb
DHS: Gill Callister’s Presentation 258 Kb
DHS: Arthur Rogers’ Presentation 344 Kb
Lynette Douglas 29 Kb
FamilyCare 47 Kb
Francis, Donna 19 Kb
Gateways Support Services 60 Kb
Geelong South Public Tenants Group 17 Kb
Gippsland Carers Association Inc. 48 Kb
Golden City Housing Services 61 Kb
Golden City Housing Services 61 Kb
Goulburn Valley Area Mental Health Service 57 Kb
Grampians Community Health Centre 26 Kb
GV Centre Disability Services 46 Kb
Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) 22 October 2008 22 Kb
Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) 5 November 2008 49 Kb
Hillview Lodge 36 Kb
Homeless Outreach Service, Pathways Rehabilitation and Support Services Inc. 57 Kb
Hotchin, Nancy 11 Kb
Housing Choices Australia 52 Kb
Inner South Parents & Friends Mental Health Support Services Inc. 17 Kb
Interchange Central Gippsland Inc. 55 Kb
Interchange - Loddon Mallee Region 30 Kb
Karingal Community Living 79 Kb
Kew Cottages Parents Association 62 Kb
Kutchenmeister, Marie 16 Kb
Loddon Mallee Housing Services 53 Kb
Mallee Accommodation and Support Program 43 Kb
McArthur, Alison 13 Kb
McGuinness, Andrea 19 Kb
McNamara, Nellie 23 Kb
Mind - Bendigo 37 Kb
Murray Mallee Community Mental Health Services 69 Kb
Name Withheld - 23 October 2008 18 Kb
Name Withheld - 19 November 2008 16 Kb
National Disability Services (NDS) 72 Kb
Office of the Disability Services Commissioner, Disability Services Commissioner, Laurie Harkin 68 Kb
Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) 44 Kb
Peninsula Carer Council 41 Kb
Potocnik, Matthew 21 Kb
Ransom, Bernadette & Hegarty, Katherine 25 Kb
Regional Information and Advocacy Council (RIAC) 43 Kb
Shepparton Access 43 Kb
Shilton, Mary 12 Kb
SNAP Gippsland 33 Kb
Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre 31 Kb
Storm, Caroline 21 Kb
Sunraysia Residential Services 72 Kb
Tregale, Tony & Heather - 22 October 2008 16 Kb
Tregale, Tony & Heather - 20 November 2008 17 Kb
VICSERV Psychiatric Disability Services of Victoria 48 Kb
Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) 108 Kb
Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) 61 Kb
Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry Unit 51 Kb
Yooralla 57 Kb
Young People in Nursing Homes National Alliance 59 Kb

Submissions

The following submissions were received by the Committee for the Inquiry.

A Discussion Paper details some of the issues of particular interest to the Committee regarding the Terms of Reference for this Inquiry.

Submissions are listed in alphabetical order.

Accommodation & Care Solutions 14 Kb
Association for Children with a Disability 603 Kb
Baird, Tony 136 Kb
Barrier Breakers 923 Kb
Behan, Geraldine 195 Kb
Bentley, Elizabeth 173 Kb
Beyond Blue 448 Kb
Brotherhood of St. Laurence 353 Kb
Brown, Lois 87 Kb
Burton, Julie 139 Kb
Cam, Mavis 81 Kb
Campbell, Morag 33 Kb
Care Connect 237 Kb
Carers and Parents Support Group Inc. (Benalla) 233 Kb
Carers Victoria 2.1 Mb
Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria (CDDHV) 766 Kb
Chapell, Lisa 1.1 Mb
Chums 2.2 Mb
Chums 2.2 Mb
Clark, Laurel & Malcolm 130 Kb
Cornthwaite, Leesa 86 Kb
Cottisfield Supported Accommodation 64 Kb
Dick, Pam & Stephen 66 Kb
Douglas, Lynette 124 Kb
East Gippsland Shire Council 105 Kb
East Gippsland Specialist School 107 Kb
Eastern Access Community Health (EACH) 246 Kb
Evans, Les 226 Kb
Belinda, Fay 58 Kb
Field, Alan 292 Kb
Forensicare 2.2 Mb
Frankston/Peninsula Carers Inc. 26 Kb
Gellibrand Residential Services 676 Kb
George, Pam & Mel 58 Kb
George, Pam & Mel 58 Kb
Gippsland Carers Association Inc. 2.1 Mb
Grieb, Elizabeth & Hartmut 389 Mb
Hammond, Paul 2.1 Mb
Hanover Welfare Services 249 Kb
Harrington, Una 84 Kb
Headway Gippsland Inc. 169 Kb
Health and Community Services Union (HACSU) - Disability Services & Mental Illness Services 4.97 Mb
Hillier, Sue 207 Kb
Hollingsworth, Judi 248 Kb
Homeground Services 3.28 Mb
Housing Resource and Support Service 1.1 Mb
Inability Possability 503 Kb
Inner South Parents & Friends 732 Kb
Inner South Supported Residential Services Network 882 Kb
Jackson, Max 2.24 Mb
Jackson, Max 2.24 Mb
Karingal Inc. & Gateways Support Services 697 Kb
Kelly, Sharon 263 Kb
Kew Cottages Coalition 636 Kb
Kyeema Centre Inc. (Portland) 491 Kb
MACCRO 94 Kb
Mackillop Family Services 482 Kb
Marillac House Limited 435 Kb
Maroondah City Council 1.3 Mb
MC Two Pty Ltd 85 Kb
McNamara, Nellie 711 Kb
Melbourne Citymission 117 Kb
Member for Gippsland East, Mr Craig Ingram MLA 1.6 Mb
Mental Health Legal Centre Inc. 274 Kb
Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria (MI Fellowship) 1.04 Mb
Mind 817 Kb
Moate, Paul & Kathleen 279 Kb
Modra, Mark & Luke 5.04 Mb
Moonee Valley City Council 225 Kb
Mortimer, Stephanie 409 Kb
Mulleraterong Centre Inc. 364 Kb
Murray Mallee Community Mental Health Services, Mallee Family Care 2.86 Mb
Name Withheld 2.9 Mb
Name Withheld 642 Kb
Name Withheld 795 Kb
National Disability Services (NDS) 1.16 Mb
Neami Ltd 434 Kb
NorthWestern Mental Health 2.2 Mb
O’Loughlin Family 2.7 Mb
Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) 326 Kb
Paton, Christine & Graham 206 Kb
Peninsula Carer Council 1.1 Mb
Potocnik, Matthew 3.87 Mb
Rumbalara 188 Kb
Russell, Noel & Yvonne 119 Kb
Ryan, Margaret 2.45 Mb
Sane Australia 240 Kb
Schultz, Beverley & Ron 267 Kb
Scope 1 Mb
Shilton, Mary 129 Kb
South West Sports Assembly 25 Kb
Southern Grampians Disability Support Group Inc. 110 Kb
Southern Way Direct Care Services Inc. 855 Kb
Spicer, Ian 1.78 Mb
St. Laurence 333 Kb
St. Vincent’s 941 Kb
Stephens, Cliff 1.08 Mb
Storm, Caroline 1.5 Mb
Stronach, Margaret 82 Kb
Summer Foundation 149 Kb
Swallow, Shirley & Smith, Kevin 57 Kb
The Salvation Army 3.53 Mb
The Victorian Coalition of Acquired Brain Injury Service Providers (VCASP) 5.6 Mb
Thomas, Karen 125 Kb
Tonissen, Mark & Robyn 15 Kb
Tracy, Jane 228 Kb
Tregale, Tony & Heather 2.48 Mb
VALID; STAR Victoria Inc; Reinforce Inc; AMIDA" 165 Kb
Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS)" 765 Kb
Victorian Deaf Society (Vicdeaf) 502 Kb
Victorian Disability Advisory Council (VDAC) 165 Kb
Victorian Disability Advocacy Network (VDAN) 132 Kb
Wesley Mission Melbourne 901 Kb
West Wimmera Health Service 426 Kb
Western Region Disability Network 2.3 Mb
Williams, Elaine 122 Kb
Yooralla 1 Mb

Terms of Reference

The following reference was received from the Legislative Assembly:

To the Family and Community Development Committee for inquiry, consideration and report no later than 30 June 2009 on the provision of supported accommodation for Victorians with a disability and/or mental illness and, in particular, the Committee is asked to report on the current situation in Victoria and compare it to best practice in other jurisdictions regarding:

  1. the standard and range of accommodation currently available;
  2. the extent of accommodation and services currently available, including the different models for service delivery and funding;
  3. the methods for measuring unmet demand for accommodation and how these can be improved;
  4. the process for managing service quality;
  5. availability of sufficient accommodation to meet future demand with an appropriate range of services;
  6. access and service issues for particular groups, including rural communities, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and indigenous Australians; and
  7. the impact on families of the current service provision of accommodation; and

for the purpose of this inquiry supported accommodation means public and private accommodation provided for people with a disability or mental illness who need additional support services but excludes mental health treatment services (SEC, PARC) and the disability forensic program (SFS).

The following reference was received from the Legislative Council:

That this house requires the Family and Community Development Committee to inquire, consider and report, no later then 30 June 2009, on the state government's provision of supported accommodation for Victorians with a disability and/or mental illness with regard to the following:

  1. description of current government funded supported accommodation, including the number and location of places, occupancy, staffing, demand management, methods of funding and oversight;
  2. the adequacy of the current number of places and care provided in community residential units, residential institutions, community care units, secure extended care units, prevention and recovery care facilities and other forms of supported accommodation;
  3. the adequacy and appropriateness of care and accommodation provided in various government, private and community facilities that accommodate clients with a disability or mental illness because of insufficient places in the specialist system, and in particular including supported residential services, boarding houses, public hospitals, nursing homes and SAAP funded services;
  4. the impact on Victorian families of insufficient supported accommodation;
  5. estimates of future supported accommodation needs and the appropriateness and transparency of the Government's management of demand and placement;
  6. the government's response to unmet accommodation needs, including sources of funding, planning and delivery;
  7. the ability of country Victorians to access supported accommodation and the appropriateness and quality of care they receive;
  8. the ability of members of culturally and linguistically diverse communities to access supported accommodation and the appropriateness and quality of care they receive;
  9. the appropriateness of the current mix of service providers, including government, private and community; and
  10. alternate approaches addressing unmet needs in supported accommodation in Victoria.