Accommodation Advisory Service

Accommodation / Transitional Housing / Mt. Gambier Housing / Ideas For Wheelchair Accessible Houses


Finding a wheelchair accessible home can be a challenge. PQSA has an Accommodation Advisor who can help source and secure suitable housing to suit the needs of those who have a spinal cord injury.

The Accommodation Advisor provides information, referral and an advocacy service for people with a physical disability. Services available include:

  • The opportunity to discuss accommodation needs and options
  • Up to date information on sources of accommodation
  • Assistance in locating accessible housing in the public, community and private sectors
  • A liaison service with government services, particularly the South Australian Housing Trust
  • A liaison service with estate agents and landlords with suitable accessible properties
  • Representation of the accommodation needs of people with disabilities on various committees, forums and with government agencies

For more information, please contact Heather Hales on 8355 3500 or by email at

Accessible Housing South Australia

For all people, housing is a very important part of life. This is no different for people who use a wheelchair for their mobility. It goes without saying that the house must be accessible, suitable for your use, and in an area where you want to live. The house must be easy to enter, to move around in, to cook, to shower, use the toilet, and use switches, taps and door handles – all of the things that will allow you to be as independent as possible.

As part of our commitment to the South Australian Disability Community, PQSA has developed two Accessible Housing Projects in South Australia.

Transitional Housing

Transitional Housing is an innovative housing project of three wheelchair accessible homes, which have been planned using the principles of universal housing design. The homes are located in Hillcrest in Adelaide’s north eastern suburbs.

On June 25, 2008, the three architecturally designed residences, which are contemporary in design, colourful, fun and light filled, were officially opened by His Excellency, Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR, the Governor of South Australia.

The brief for the project was to design and build housing which is accessible, affordable and environmentally sustainable. The aim was also to provide a comfortable and relaxed setting to complement the rehabilitation process. The land was purchased with a bequest from the late Billie Babette Chinner.

The transitional housing is for people who have experienced Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), when they are ready for discharge from the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre. In the past, discharge was sometimes delayed for those with SCI while modifications were made to their existing home, or while waiting for a wheelchair accessible home to become available.

The Project Team included the architects, Ecopolis Architects in association with Emilis Prelgauskas, AREMJAY Builders, Taylor Cullity Lethlean landscape architects and the Archicentre.

Major partners in the project include: The Affordable Housing Innovations Unit from the Department for Families and Communities and the Government of South Australia, Motor Accident Commission, Clubs SA and the Pickard Foundation.

Mt. Gambier Housing

On Wednesday 6th October, 2010, Mt. Gambier Housing was officially opened on site by the Patron of PQSA, His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR, the Governor of South Australia.

The City of Mount Gambier generously gifted a parcel of land to PQSA for the purpose of building 5 wheelchair accessible houses to provide vital accommodation for people with SCI.

The State Government provided $788,000 through the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund.

The five homes have been specifically designed by local Mt. Gambier firm Chapman Herbert Architects to complement the site, to be not only wheelchair accessible, but colourful and fun and also energy efficient – a place where people will want to live.

With the recognised lack of accessible and affordable housing in regional areas, Mt. Gambier Housing is a purposeful example of the positive outcomes that are achieved when the Business, Government and Disability sectors work together for the benefit of the South Australian community.

Partners in the project include: The Affordable Housing Innovations Unit of the Department for Families and Communities, WYATT Trust, The City of Mount Gambier, Motor Accident Commission, The Australian Hotels Association (SA), HomeCare+, Louisa DaCosta Trust and WorkCoverSA.

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