Supported Accommodation Providers Association will be holding its Annual General Meeting:

When:                  Tuesday 21 November 2023
Where:                Centenary Tavern
Address:              96 Sumners Road
                              MIDDLE PARK  QLD  4074
Time:                    5pm

Key Facts – SAPA May 2023

How Do The NDIS and Housing Service Providers Differ?

NDIS is a federally funded scheme accessed by individual participants who meet the NDIS access requirements. Participants have the right to choose who will provide NDIS supports to them.

Residential Service Providers are state regulated and do not receive government funding or assistance in Queensland to operate. A single provider may be accredited to provide services across both schemes however must be accredited by the respective regulatory body.

What is the difference between a boarding house and Supported Accommodation?

In QLD there are three tiers of accreditation within Residential Services. A Residential Tenancy – Rooming Accommodation Agreement is signed between the landlord and tenant, which clearly states the level of accommodation provided.

Read more here.

Statement Regarding The Impact Of The Current Housing Crisis On Supported Accommodation Services In QLD

The current housing crisis gripping Queensland is placing unprecedented pressure on Supported Accommodation Services across the state. With the lack of available and affordable housing, we now see people with full-time employment facing homelessness, falling into an already overloaded and underfunded system. SAPA (Supported Accommodation Providers Association), the industry’s peak body, is deeply concerned about the impact this will have on disadvantaged individuals, particularly those with mental health illnesses, intellectual disabilities, and age-related needs.

When people face the instability of not having a secure home, their mental and physical health becomes impacted and their need for a higher level of care increases.

SAPA welcomes the new Minister For Housing, Hon. Meaghan Scanlon and looks forward to collaborating with her and creating a more supported, streamlined system that services the needs of our most at-risk community members.

Read more here.

SAPA Calls on Government For Urgent Support

In March 2020, SAPA, a collective of unfunded disability accommodation providers, reached out to several departments in the QLD Government across multiple sectors, including the Department Of Housing, Department of Disability and the Department of Health, to raise the alarm around the sectors limited resources and facilities to effectively isolate COVID positive residents in situ.

SAPA then worked with the QLD State Government to develop a Rapid Response Plan (RRP) to deal with outbreaks, should they occur. We are now in crisis and need to implement the approved RRP, only to find our sector and those we care for abandoned by the QLD State Government, relevant departments, Ministers and the federally run Public Health Units.

Increased pressure on the medical system due to the current COVID outbreak means hospitals are no longer an option for COVID-positive residents in assisted living.

SAPA members do not receive any government funding to provide these services and require urgent assistance to help manage outbreaks.

Our residents have physical and mental health issues; many have multiple co-morbidities and require a high level of round-the-clock care and supervision. A high percentage possess limited capacity to understand the requirements around isolation and infection control procedures.

Without facilities like ours, the most vulnerable in our society are often lost in the cycle between QLD health, crisis accommodation, government-provided housing and homelessness.