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Changes to accessibility housing standards still unresolved

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Further evidence is needed to justify any regulatory changes to the National Construction Code when it comes to accessible housing. Speaking at the Australian Building Codes Board’s Accessible Housing National Consultation forum in Sydney, ABCB senior project officer, Kieran O’Donnell said there has to be an identified need for change to happen. “And we are trying to figure out what that need is.”

The national forums that took place this month provided an opportunity for the community to have their say on the ABCB’s Accessible Housing Options Paper. Released in September, it provided a preliminary menu of options and costings on the possible inclusion of a minimum accessibility standard for housing in the National Construction Code (NCC).

The release of the paper followed calls from designers, researchers, people with disability and seniors for the government to introduce regulations mandating that new houses meet accessibility standards.

O’Donnell told delegates attending the forum that the ABCB is looking at the level of unmet need for accessibility features within housing, rather than saying there’s a problem with including those features.

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Source:
Lizzie Hunter, 2018, Freedom2Live (https://www.freedom2live.com.au/)

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