Cate MacMillan


Cate MacMillan is undertaking a Masters of Urban Planning by Research with the Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems in the Faculty of Arts and Business. Cate’s career as a teacher in secondary schools, administrator in Primary and Secondary schools culminating in seven years as Principal of Noosa District SHS, always had a focus on the inclusion and education of young adults with disabilities. A change in career to return to study Property Economics and Development in 2011 enabled Cate to continue to work as a volunteer with adults with disabilities through The Compass Institute at Palmwoods. Cate became aware of the need to address housing options for adults with disabilities wanting to leave the family home. Realising that there was an ad-hoc approach to what individual families were undertaking in trying to provide housing options for adults with intellectual disability on the Sunshine Coast, Cate began to look to the Planning Scheme documents for answers. On graduating with a BBus Property Economics and Development in 2014 Cate investigated the area of study presented in this research. The research is aiming to provide a platform on which planners, housing providers and financiers can support families and adults with intellectual disability to access a variety of independent living opportunities.

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