Housing circumstances of Australians with disabilities
Our study at the Centre for Research Excellence in Disability and Health compared the housing circumstances of people with and without disabilities in Australia prior to the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). In our analysis of survey data, originally published in the Journal of Disability and Society, from the nationally-representative Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, we found that 11.2 per cent of Australians with disability were living in unaffordable housing compared to 7.6 per cent of people without disability.
This was substantially higher for those with intellectual disability (19.1 per cent) and psychosocial impairments (17.3 per cent). We also found that people with disabilities experienced poor-quality housing and much higher rates of dissatisfaction with their homes and the neighbourhoods in which they live.