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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 will commence in late 2017 with completion anticipated for August 2018.
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 2017 with completion anticipated by early 2018.

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. Tenancies commenced from October 2015.
Jodant Pty Ltd An existing property at Warwick was modified 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 to supplement maintenance and support costs. The works were completed in November 2015.
Kyabra Community Association Inc A purpose built home is under construction at Fitzgibbon, Brisbane to accommodate three adults with disability plus an overnight carer room. The home is 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. The property is anticipated to be available for occupancy after October 2017.
Life Without Barriers An existing eight unit, two storey property was 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 contributes towards the cost of supporting the individuals with disabilities.
Life Without Barriers A property was purchased and renovated in Toowoomba to accommodate four adults with disability. The renovations were completed in October 2016 and tenancies commenced shortly after.
Lutheran Community Care The construction of a four bedroom home and refurbishment of four units in Woodridge. The project was completed in April 2015.
Multicap Construction of 4 x 2 bedroom units to provide accommodation for eight people in Rockhampton was completed in June 2015. The units offer a range of assistive technologies and allow for a variety of service providers to provide support at the same location.
Multicap Two dwellings will be constructed at Alexandra Hills. One dwelling will have three bedrooms, the other will have two bedrooms, with a shared space for carers to sleep over. Innovative technologies such as automation controls and remote sensors and monitors will be included. Construction is scheduled to commence in late 2017 with completion anticipated by mid 2018.
Ngoonbi Cooperative Society Limited Three two bedroom units and two double bedroom houses have been 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 to contribute toward the costs associated with supporting the individuals with disability.
Regional Housing Limited Four two bed units in a duplex configuration were constructed at Bundaberg East. Four adults with disability are now living independently in close proximity to services and community infrastructure. The units are open plan, adaptable and accessible with assistive technologies built into the properties. Additional space within the units is available for families and carers.
St John's Community Care Limited Brisbane Two four bedroom houses were 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 and has been designed to meet the changing needs of tenants into the future.
St John's Community Care Limited Gordonvale Three four bedroom houses have been 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 can access a range of assistive technologies to live safely and independently.
South Burnett CTC Inc Six two bedroom units in a three duplex configuration were 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 was completed in June 2016 and the units are fully operational.
Tableland Respite Care Association Inc Three two bedroom units and two three bedroom units were purchased and refurbished 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 includes assistive technologies. The refurbishment was completed in April 2016 with tenancies commencing shortly after.
The Cootharinga Society of North Queensland A five bedroom home and a two bedroom unit were constructed at Burdell, Townsville. The home provides accommodation for four people with disability and a companion carer. The two bedroom unit is tenanted by additional live-in carers. Construction commenced in September 2015 and was completed in June 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 Two houses will be constructed at Maroochydore. Each house will have five bedrooms and will be fitted with assistive technologies such as remote lighting and doors. Construction will commence in late 2017 with completion anticipated mid 2018.
Youngcare Ltd In association with Multiple Sclerosis Queensland, 11 units were constructed at Albany Creek. Eight of the units will provide housing for adults with disability. The complex was officially opened on 26 June 2017 with tenancies commencing immediately.


Some of the innovations tested in the projects include:

  • leveraging funds from non-government partners
  • 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.

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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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