Australians with disabilites
For over a decade, accessibility standards have been regulated by a voluntary set of Livable Housing Design Guidelines. Over that time, only 5% of new home builds have complied with these guidelines.
As a result, tens of thousands of Australians with disabilities are currently unable to access housing that meets their needs.
Australians with disabilities would have greater choice about where and how to live
Current housing stock already fails the needs of Australians with disabilities and yet demand for accessible housing is anticipated to almost double over the next 40 years.
This will lead to:
- the need for expensive home modifications
- the need for additional paid and unpaid care
- diminished employment opportunities
- and an increased risk of social isolation and lonliness