Papers, Articles, Reports & Submissions 2006 – 2010


Women With Disabilities Australia: ‘Shut Out, Hung Out, Left Out, Missing Out’- Response to the Australian Government’s Green Paper ‘Which Way Home? A New Approach to Homelessness’ (June 2008) [HTML]  [PDF]  [Word]

In January 2008 the Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP, and the Minister for Housing, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, announced the development of a comprehensive long-term plan to tackle homelessness as a matter of national priority. The Australian Government developed a Green Paper entitled Which Way Home? as a first step in developing this new approach to homelessness. This Submission forms Women With Disabilities Australia’s (WWDA) initial response to the Green Paper. WWDA’s submission provides a brief analysis of the intersection of gender, disability and homelessness and highlights the fact that women with disabilities are one of the most vulnerable groups experiencing, and at risk of experiencing, homelessness in Australia. WWDA’s Submission also details a range of strategies for consideration in addressing homelessness for women with disabilities. These strategies target the factors that increase the risk of homelessness for disabled women, including: lack of affordable, secure housing; unemployment & inadequate income; and domestic & family violence. Copyright WWDA June 2008.


Supporting the housing of people with complex needs – By Michael Bleasdale for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (2006) [PDF]

This paper outlines research by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute centre at the University of New South Wales which examines the factors that can broadly be said to work toward the “seamless” delivery of housing and support options to people with complex needs. The research aims to contribute toward the development of housing and support options that can assist adults under the age of 65 with physical disability, intellectual disability, or with a mental illness, to live successful, independent lives within the community. Copyright 2006.