Universal Access in Social Housing

SOCIAL HOUSING
27 May 2011
Page: 45

The Hon. JAN BARHAM: My question without notice is directed to the Minister for Finance and Services, representing the Minister for Family and Community Services. Will the Minister advise what percentage of social housing homes in New South Wales meet universal design principles? What percentage of social housing homes are being constructed or have been modified to meet the needs of people with a disability?

The Hon. GREG PEARCE: I thank the honourable member for this important question. I will be interested to see the information when I receive it from the Minister in the other place. I will get an answer for the honourable member.

The Hon. Greg Pearce: On 27 May 2011 the Hon. Jan Barham asked me, representing the Minister for Family and Community Services, a question without notice regarding social housing. The Minister for Family and Community Services has provided the following response:

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      Housing NSW requires at least 50 per cent of all new dwellings on suitable sites to meet universal design principles. Suitable sites are those near public transport and shops, and are not too steep to provide wheelchair access from the street to the front entrance of dwellings on the site.

      To meet the needs of people with a disability approximately ten per cent of all new dwellings constructed on suitable sites have adaptable housing features and approximately two per cent of the existing dwellings have some level of disability modification.