There is not enough accessible housing in Australia. One of the main reasons for this is that there is no requirement for builders to commit to building ANY accessible housing within the National Construction Code.
Help us change this!
Building Ministers from across Australia will meet in late April to vote whether or not to include mandatory minimum levels of accessible housing in the National Construction Code.
Make your voice heard by signing a petition supporting accessible housing as part of the Building Better Homes campaign, a coalition of peak bodies and agencies including Spinal Life Australia.
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More about the campaign
Nearly three-quarters of Australians with mobility impairment are unable to find housing that meets their needs. This includes people with disability, older Australians, people with a medical condition or chronic illness and those recovering from injury.
More than ten years after voluntary Liveable Housing Design Guidelines were agreed to by the housing industry, it is estimated that only around 5% of new home builds actually meet these guidelines.
These guidelines were contained within the 2010 Kirribilli Dialogue on Universal Housing Design, an agreement that included staged incremental targets over 10 years to deliver accessible housing, based on self-regulation by the housing industry. While this created great hope for everyone requiring accessible housing, by August 2020 not a single incremental target had been met.
This is why securing the Ministers’ vote for mandatory requirements is critical.
The Australian Building Codes Board has been undertaking a review into the proposed changes to minimum accessibility standards in the National Construction Code since 2017, on behalf of the Ministers.
We will be following the outcome of the Building Ministers’ meeting closely and providing further updates on the campaign in future.