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Survey of the Melbourne Disability Institute (University of Melbourne) the minimum standards for accessible housing

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The Melbourne Disability Institute (University of Melbourne) is urgently undertaking a survey of adults with any mobility limitation (including people with disability and older Australians), followed by interviews.

The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has recently issued a Consultation Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) in relation to accessible housing, based on a cost-benefit analysis undertaken by the Centre for International Economics (CIE). Unfortunately, CIE concludes that the costs of regulating to set minimum standards for accessible housing would exceed the benefits and so is recommending continuation of the current voluntary code of practice.

According to the guidance note on cost-benefit analyses issued by Office of Best Practice Regulation in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, cost-benefit analysis should include a qualitative assessment. This has not been undertaken by CIE, notwithstanding the fact that the qualitative element is likely to have a very significant effect on the conclusions.

This survey and its results aim to identify qualitative benefits of accessible housing to people with disability including improved quality of life, well-being and mental health outcomes and greater independence and empowerment. 

A link to the survey is here:

https://melbourneuni.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ai6nqENSX9jX5AN 

Due to the deadline set by the ABCB, we need this information by 26 August 2020.

 


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