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Housing for people with disability

Information for public housing tenants

If you have a disability and need housing help, contact your local Housing Service Centre to discuss your housing needs.

Our Housing Officers will talk with you about your circumstances, needs and goals, to find the housing option that will work best for you. This might be:

Help with renting in the private market

We offer a range of products and services to help you access and sustain housing in the private rental market and provide access to safe, secure and affordable housing for Queenslanders.

Learn more about our private housing rent assistance products.

Public and Community Housing

We help people in public and community housing with a physical, intellectual, sensory or psycho-social disability that affects their housing need by:

  • modifying public and community housing on a case-by-case basis
  • providing extra bedrooms for a live-in carer, or storing disability or medical equipment
  • conducting occupational therapist assessments to help determine suitable housing
  • considering other housing needs, such as health and safety, independence and quality of life.

Our responses to housing needs are guided by the principles of rights, choice, control and inclusion. Learn more about the housing principles for inclusive communities.

Home modifications

Home modifications are available if you live in, or are moving in to, public and community housing and:

  • have a disability
  • need help to care for a household member with a disability
  • are having difficulty with normal household activities, such as using your bath or reaching high cupboards.

The types of home modifications available include:

  • changes to bathrooms, toilets and kitchens
  • installation of ramps, grab rails and hand rails
  • other modifications to suit your needs based on an occupational therapist assessment.

An occupational therapist can visit you at home and assess your health, safety and independence needs. You will be contacted to talk about their recommendations.

If the modifications are approved, you will be contacted to talk about when the work can start.

Some public and community housing properties can’t be modified. If this happens, we discuss other options with you, such as moving to a property that suits your housing needs.

Your housing options under NDIS

Considering your housing options

Under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), people no longer have to be in shared living to access disability supports.

They can choose:

  • where they want to live
  • who they want to live with
  • who can come into their home and when

If you currently, or plan to, receive disability supports under the NDIS, you can consider your housing options, including where you live and who you live with.

Talk to the NDIS local area coordinator in your area to discuss access to disability support under the NDIS or you can talk to your nearest Housing Service Centre or call 13QGOV (13 74 68).

Resources

Watch this video about Mike’s story to see how Mike and his supports are using the NDIS to explore his housing options.

Download our workbook, which you can work through to consider your housing options:

Housing with Shared Support program

We are now phasing out the Housing with Shared Support (HWSS) program in public housing.

No new HWSS arrangements will be created. If there is a vacancy in an existing HWSS household, there will be no new trials for co-tenants.

However, this doesn’t prevent people living in shared home arrangements if they choose.

Pets, guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance animals

If you have a pet, or assistance animal to assist you with a disability or medical condition, talk to us about your needs.

Read more about pets in public housing.

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