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09 November 2022

Hundreds of thousands of Australians currently live in homes that do not fit their needs. According to recent research from the University of Melbourne, over 70% of respondents reported they live in housing that does not meet – or only partly meets – their accessibility needs.

The proposed reforms to the National Construction Code (NCC) are expected to increase the availability of homes with accessibility features to 50% of Australia’s total housing stock by 2050. As the population continues to age and mobility issues continue to be a reality for many millions of Australians, the time has come to make this a national priority for the health, safety and overall wellbeing of those who currently need it, and those who will need it in the future.

Despite over a decade of advocacy work and policy pushes for the inclusion of minimum standards to the NCC for 2022, a number of states and territories have rejected the call to implement these changes.

In this paper, we explore why these changes are fundamental to the rights of everyday Australians, the history of the campaign to include accessibility standards into the NCC, and how every Australian can contribute to the Building Better Homes Campaign and help to cement a truly inclusive national standard of accessible housing.


To read more please download the report here.

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