Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Initiative

In September 2012, $15 million one-off capital funding was made available to assist elderly parents to secure sustainable living arrangements for their adult sons or daughters with disability when they are no longer able to care for them.

This funding, plus interest, is being contributed to innovative projects that will result in:

  • more sustainable living arrangements established and accessed by adults, 25 years and over, with disability in the care of their elderly parents, and
  • a wider range of living arrangements and options to create more choice for elderly parent carers and their adult son or daughter with disability.

Since the initiative commenced, four funding rounds have been held resulting in $16,944,897 in departmental funding awarded to create 123 places for adults with disability. When combined with the funding contributions of $19,380,256 from applicants, the total value of the projects is $36,325,153.

Progress of existing projects

Name of organisationProject
Brisbane Housing Company Ten one bedroom units will be constructed at Enoggera. The Units will provide places for ten people with disability. The units will be built to Gold Standard Liveable Housing Design Guidelines including innovative and energy efficient features. Construction is scheduled for July 2016 with completion anticipated by August 2017.
Churches of Christ in Queensland

Two three bedroom dual key homes will be constructed at Crows Nest near Toowoomba. The homes will provide places for two people with disability and their parent carers. The homes will include innovative technologies such as emergency response devices. Construction will commence in August 2016 with completion anticipated by March 2017.

Endeavour Foundation Five units have been constructed in Bundaberg to provide accommodation for three people with disability. The property was officially opened on 30 September 2015.Tenants commenced moving into the property from October 2015.
Jodant Pty Ltd Modification of an existing property at Warwick to enable one adult with disability to live independently from his elderly parents. In the future, another tenant, either with or without disability, may live at the property. Works have been completed and the property is now tenanted.
Kyabra Community Association Inc A purpose built home will be constructed at Fitzgibbon, Brisbane to accommodate three adults with disability plus a room for staff members for overnight stays. The home will be in close proximity to other Kyabra operated properties to enable sharing of supports. Energy efficient features, fixtures and equipment will be installed to assist tenants and minimise operational costs.
Life Without Barriers An existing eight unit two storey property has been purchased and modified in Townsville. The property was officially opened on 1 April 2015. This innovation is a mixed tenancy for people with disability and for tenants without disability. Rental income from tenants without disability will contribute towards the cost of supporting people with disabilities.
Life Without Barriers A property will be purchased and renovated in Toowoomba. Four adults with disability will be able to reside at the property, which will be located close to amenities and services, including a centre which provides support with community participation.
Lutheran Community Care The construction of a four bedroom home and refurbishment of four units has been completed in Woodridge. These properties are now occupied.
Multicap Construction has been completed to provide accommodation for eight people in Rockhampton. The property was officially opened on 30 July 2015. A range of assistive technologies are being used and a trial of various service providers supporting tenants at the same location has been initiated.
Multicap Two duplexes will be constructed at Alexandra Hills. One duplex will have three bedrooms, the other will have two bedrooms and with a shared space for carers to sleep over. Innovative technologies such as automation controls and remote sensors and monitors will be included. Construction will commence in June 2016 with completion anticipated by March 2017.
Ngoonbi Cooperative Society Limited Three two bedroom units and two double bedroom houses will be constructed at Kowrowa near Kuranda. Six Indigenous adults with disability will reside in the units which will be designed to encompass culturally appropriate communal living areas. The houses will be rented to tenants without disability at market rates.
Regional Housing Limited Four two bed units in a duplex configuration will be constructed at Bundaberg East. Four adults with disability will live independently in close proximity to services and community infrastructure. Units will be open plan, adaptable and accessible with assistive technologies built into the properties. Additional spaces within the units will be available for families and carers.
St John's Community Care Limited Brisbane Two four bedroom houses will be constructed at Taigum, Brisbane. Six adults with disability will reside at the property with the fourth room in each building available for a carer or family member. The property will provide sustainable long-term living arrangements as it will be designed to meet the changing needs of tenants into the future.
St John's Community Care Limited Gordonvale Three four bedroom houses will be constructed at Gordonvale. Nine adults with disability will reside at the property with the fourth room in each building available for a carer or family member. Tenants will access a range of assistive technologies to live safely and independently.
South Burnett CTC Inc Six two bedroom units in a three duplex configuration will be built at Nanango. The tenants will include adults with disability, elderly parents and people who will be good neighbours to the tenants with disability. Construction has commenced and it is anticipated to be completed in June 2016.
Tableland Respite Care Association Inc Three two bedroom units and two three bedroom units have been purchased at Atherton. Initially seven adults with disability will be accommodated at the property with the potential in the long-term to accommodate ten adults with disability. If some of the units are not tenanted by adults with disability they will be rented to people without disability with the income stream contributing to property maintenance and allocated for developing future accommodation. Each unit will be modified with assistive technologies. The project is nearing completion.
The Cootharinga Society of North Queensland A five bedroom home and a two bedroom unit will be constructed at Burdell, Townsville. The home will provide places for four people with disability and a companion carer. The two bedroom unit will be tenanted by additional livein carers. Construction commenced in September 2015 with completion anticipated by May 2016.
Uniting Church Property Trust trading as Wesley Mission Brisbane 15 units have been built on the organisation’s own land at Mitchelton. The property was officially opened on 21 October 2015. 14 units have been tenanted by adults with disability. The extra unit is for the provision of 24 hour on-site support.
Wesley Mission Three houses will be constructed at Maroochydore. Two houses will have three bedrooms and the other house will have four bedrooms and a staff suite. Each house will be fitted with assistive technologies such as remote lighting and doors. Construction will commence in July 2016 with completion anticipated by March 2017.
Youngcare Ltd In association with Multiple Sclerosis Queensland, 11 units will be built at Albany creek. Eight of the units will provide housing for adults with disability. The planning phase for this project is underway.


Some of the innovations tested in the projects include:

  • leveraging funds from other sources
  • the purchase of additional supports for tenants with disability by using rent from tenants who do not have a disability
  • use of different models of support, other than rostered staff
  • use of assistive technologies such as lighting and temperature control activated by smart phones and other remote devices.

More information

For information about the initiative contact DPR_Mailbox@communities.qld.gov.au

NDIS Information

Between 2016-2019 the provision of disability services will transition to the NDIS in line with Queensland’s transition schedule. Further information is available at the NDIS website.


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