The Building Better Homes Campaign is determined to see minimum accessibility standards included in the National Building Code, ensuring the Code meets the needs of all Australians.
The time for action is now
Early in 2021, Building Ministers from across Australia will meet to consider whether to include mandatory minimum accessibility standards in the National Building Code.
This will be a critical decision for the hundreds of thousands of Australians with mobility impairments who cannot get access to housing that meets their needs.
Changes to the National Building Code will then come into effect in all states and territories on 1 September 2022.
A lack of accessible housing is leaving many Australians unable to access housing that is appropriate to their needs.
- Quality of life
- Employment opportunities
A 2020 survey of people with mobility impairment found that 73.6% of respondents were living in housing that does not meet their needs.
This leads to increased costs of modifications and the need for paid and unpaid care, and a reduction in their workforce participation.
Over the next 40 years, the number of Australians with a mobility limitation due to disability is estimated to increase from 3 million to around 5.75 million.
As our population ages, the demand for accessible housing will increase. Over 80% of older Australians aged over 55 want to live in their own home as they age.
Only 5% of new home builds comply with the voluntary Livable Housing Guidelines, in place since 2010.