Boarding House Advocacy
PWDA's Boarding House Individual Advocacy Project provides
- free information and non-legal advocacy support
- to any person with disability who lives in a Licensed Residential Centres (Licensed Boarding Houses) in NSW.
Family members, friends, neighbours, cares, and disability or mental health support workers can also ask us to help a person who lives in a Licensed Boarding House.
This information and advocacy support enables people with disability to increase the control they have over their lives through the representation of their interests and views. Some of the issues people are supported with are:
- complaints about the quality of services and supports
- access to adequate housing and supports
- responding to abuse and neglect
- complaints about financial management
- Licensed Boarding House closure and relocation
- decision making and guardianship
- major life changes and
- access to health services.
- Boarding House Advocacy Project Brochure PDF 1.41MB
- Referral and Response Options for people with disability living in licensed boarding houses Word 49kb
- The Boarders & Lodgers Legal Information Kit - Redfern Legal Centre website
- Making a complaint about PWDA services Word 28kb
- Making a complaint about PWDA services PDF 1.91MB
- PWDA Service User Complaint Resolution policy and procedure Word 205kb
- May 2012 | Six deaths in boarding house stir coroner’s ire - A news article which details how the NSW State Coroner has slammed the care and treatment of thousands of disadvantaged and mentally ill people in the state's boarding houses, declaring that ''if a society is judged by the treatment of its most vulnerable members, then ours is failing miserably''.
- Aug 2011 | More than board and lodging: the need for boarding house reform PDF 293kb - A special report to Parliament under section 31 of the Ombudsman Act 1974
- 2010-2011 Click here for more information on the Grand Western Lodge case in NSW where PWDA worked to remove residents from a licensed boarding house where they were allegedly experiencing significant abuse and neglect.
- Click here for more information on violence, abuse and neglect issues and how they affect people with disability living in licensed boarding houses.