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Universal design in all Australian homes

Every Australian deserves a home which is safe, secure and meets their needs in any life circumstance.


From 1 October 2023 the National Construction Code requires all new housing to meet the Livable Housing Design Standard.

Livable Housing Design Standard (mandatory)

Livable Housing Design Standard–Beyond Minimum (voluntary)

Guide to Livable Housing Design Standard

Implementation timeline

Australian Capital TerritoryOctober 2023
New South WalesTo be decided
Northern TerritoryOctober 2023
QueenslandOctober 2023
South AustraliaOctober 2024
TasmaniaOctober 2024
VictoriaOctober 2023
Western AustraliaTo be decided

Congratulations to everyone who has worked over many many years to secure this critical reform. Millions of Australians will benefit from your hard work.  We particularly thank Building Better Homes for directing this campaign over the last year. 

Australian Network for Universal Housing Design is a proud partner of the
Building Better Homes Campaign

About Us

ANUHD is a network of people and organisations who want universal design to be mandated for all housing in the National Construction Code.
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Contact us

Phone Margaret Ward:  
+61 409 898 498