Housing accessibility

Accessible and well-designed housing supports independence and social and economic participation. Increasing the availability of accessible housing provides choices on one’s living situation, enabling people with disability to visit, socialise and connect with neighbours, family and friends (Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021–2031).  

NDIS participants housing satisfaction

Housing plays a key role in the health and wellbeing of people with disability by providing shelter, safety and security. People with disability may have specific housing‑related needs. These can include the need to modify their dwelling, move to more suitable accommodation, or move closer to other services (AIHW 2022). Adequate housing contributes to the health of NDIS participants and their engagement in the community (NDIS 2022). The NDIS aims to give participants more choice and control over where they live, who they live with and how they are supported in their home (NDIS 2023).

Data for this measure are collected as part of the NDIS Short Form questionnaire. Data include NDIS participants who answered ‘Yes’ to the question ‘Thinking about where you currently live in relation to your disability support needs: Are you happy with the home you live in?’

The desired population outcome for this measure is to see an increase in people with disability who live in a suitable and accessible home. 

Population measure: Proportion of NDIS participants who are happy with current home

Desired outcome: Increase in the proportion 

Data source: NDIA – Business Systems 

This measure will be replaced in the future when available data are improved. During the life of the Strategy, this measure will be replaced by ‘Proportion of people with disability whose home is suitable and accessible’.

Latest results: 2022–23 Q4

  • In 2022–23 Q4, more than 7 in 10 (72.8%) of NDIS participants aged 15–64 responded that they were happy with their current home. Based on values rounded to one decimal place, there has been a small decrease of 0.6 of a percentage point since baseline (73.4% in 2021–22 Q2) (Figure 3.3).
  • Fitting a regression model to the data post-baseline, shows a modelled decrease of 0.1 of a percentage point per quarter and a modelled -0.9% change since the start of the Strategy.

Things to consider when interpreting results

  • The reported data capture satisfaction with current housing for NDIS participants; however, they do not capture what the housing issues are for those participants who are not satisfied. 
  • Time series analysis for the NDIS data presented here is different from the longitudinal approach taken in NDIS reporting. See Data sources | National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) for more details. 
  • Households are defined as households with disability if they include at least one member aged 15 and over with disability. This data does not include households with one or more members with disability aged 14 and under.

Latest results: 72.8% (2022–23 Q4)

Baseline: 73.4% (2021–22 Q2)

Progress status: Regress

Figure 3.3: Proportion of NDIS participants aged 15–64 who are happy with their current home, 2018–19 Q2 to 2022–23 Q4

The data in the graph and the table below show the proportion of NDIS participants (aged 15–64) who are happy with their current home. Data from 2018–19 Q2 to 2022–23 Q4 are used. In 2022–23 Q4, 72.8% of NDIS participants were happy with their current home, as were 75.9% in 2018–19 Q2.

Source: National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) – Business Systems | Data source overview

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