The TAC is investing $30 million in the Residential Independence project to create purpose-built apartments and units across Melbourne.
This project is an important initiative that addresses a shortfall in accessible housing for seriously injured TAC clients. It is designed around the principle that being dependent on others for simple, everyday tasks is a major barrier to regaining a quality of life following a debilitating injury.
Each individual dwelling is fitted with a range of state-of-the-art technologies, enabling people who have suffered severe transport accident related injuries the opportunity to regain as much independence as possible.
Wholly owned by the TAC, Residential Independence Pty Ltd (RIPL) is working to facilitate independent living by:
- developing purpose built, highly accessible housing;
- integrating assistive technology to assist tenants to live independently; and
- enabling access to an innovative, client centred model of support that promotes independence.
Where are the RIPL Housing projects?
RIPL has completed four projects to date, which have created 21 individual client apartments and units. These developments located in Abbotsford (completed in 2013), Lilydale (completed in 2014), Glenroy (completed in 2016) and Frankston (completed in 2016).
RIPL is excited to now be proceeding with the design and construction of three new developments.
Frankston independent living units video
Who is suitable for RIPL Housing?
TAC clients who:
- want to live independently in their own home;
- have high support needs and require support to maximise their independence;
- have capacity to and are willing to share some of their support;
- can live in close proximity with neighbours (i.e. people with similar support requirements);
- are committed to working with a support organisation to achieve maximum independence; and
- are willing to use innovative assistive technology to assist them to live independently.
The TAC works with the client, their support network and their treating team to assess a potential client's suitability for this housing option.
RIPL resident and TAC client James Baker shares his story
How does RIPL design its developments?
RIPL developed its own design brief to ensure that the needs of some of the TAC's most seriously injured clients can be accommodated in a home like environment.
RIPL's design brief was developed through extensive stakeholder consultation with clients, families, design experts, access consultants, clinicians and support providers. The brief continually evolves as design lessons are learnt.
The design brief ensures that all RIPL developments deliver best practice accessible accommodation that is not institutionalised. It also ensures flexibility for different types of support models, is low maintenance, has efficient life cycle costings, is durable and is environmentally sustainable wherever possible.
The RIPL design brief can be made available upon request by contacting the TAC. Contact details are provided below.
The TAC and RIPL have also partnered with the Summer Foundation to develop a discussion paper titled "Accessible housing for people with significant disabilities, the need for a more contemporary design framework". This discussion paper was developed to share our collective knowledge in relation to the design of innovative housing for people with significant disabilities that supports them to live independently. A copy of the report is provided below.
- Accessible housing for people with significant disabilities - Discussion paper
- Accessible housing for people with significant disabilities - Discussion paper DOCX, 3.99MB
Better Outcomes by Research
The TAC is investing in research to evaluate the outcomes from each of RIPL's developments. This research will assist the TAC and RIPL to understand what we do well and what can be improved - always with the aim of assisting our clients to live fuller and more independent lives.
This research is being undertaken by the Institute of Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR), a research and innovation collaboration established by Monash University, WorkSafe Victoria and the TAC.
The first research project "RIPL Project One" has already received international recognition.
The links below provide more information.
- ISCRR's main page on RIPL
- Full copy of the research publication for "RIPL Project One"
- ISCRR media release regarding "RIPL Project One" receiving an international award
RIPL's Corporate Plan
Tell me more
For more information please contact the TAC Customer Service Centre on 1300 654 329 or speak directly with your TAC support coordinator.