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Call for accessibility standards on new housing

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A building ministers’ forum in Adelaide has agreed that an Accessible Housing Options Paper on the inclusion of minimum accessibility standards for housing is expected to be released for broad stakeholder consultations in September 2018, with the expectation of commencing a Regulatory Impact Statement in the first quarter of 2019.

In 2010, Australia’s construction industry agreed to voluntarily apply universal design (UD) principles to housing design that would ensure properties are accessible to people with disabilities and seniors, but advocates say that system isn’t working and regulations are now required. A review in 2015 found the voluntary system will deliver just 5 per cent of an agreed target of 100 per cent by 2020.

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Author: Kymberly Martin

Year: August 22, 2018

Website: freedom2live

URL: https://www.freedom2live.com.au/category/news/#.W5HBFUYzaUl


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