New Units Giving Seriously Injured Victorians Independence

15 June 2018

A new $2.1 million housing development in Glenroy will help three Victorians get back to living independently after being seriously injured on the roads.

Minister for Finance Robin Scott today visited the construction site of the three new one-bedroom units in Glenroy as part of the Transport Accident Commission’s Residential Independence Pty Ltd (RIPL) program.

The $40 million program supports TAC clients to regain independence and live safely in their own homes, with assistance from support staff available as needed.

The Glenroy units will provide TAC clients, who are currently living with carers or in group homes, with a greater level of autonomy in their day-to-day living and provide them with a better quality of life.

More than 5,000 Victorians are seriously injured in transport accidents each year with approximately 150 people sustaining a spinal cord injury or a severe acquired brain injury.

A state-wide shortage of accommodation for severely injured clients has led the TAC to create the RIPL project to provide housing that allows people to regain independence.

This will be the second RIPL project in Glenroy following the completion of four two-bedroom units and a unit for a support provider in 2016.

There are already 21 RIPL units for TAC clients across Victoria including at Frankston, Lilydale and Abbotsford; six two-bedroom units in Wheelers Hill are also due for completion in the coming months.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Finance Robin Scott

“These investments are helping change the lives of seriously injured Victorians.”

“This accommodation is supporting people seriously injured in crashes to live in a safe environment while at the same time allowing them to live with independence.”

Quote attributable to Member for Pascoe Vale Lizzie Blandthorn

“The provision of housing in Glenroy as part of this important TAC initiative will allow for local people to continue to live in their community while they regain independence in their lives.”

Quote attributable to the Chair of Residential Independence Pty Ltd Tony Dudley

“The RIPL program is designed around the principle that being dependant on others for simple, everyday tasks is a major barrier to regaining quality of life following a debilitating injury.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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