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Why regulate for access in all new housing

Housing designs do not work for many people

Regulation will lead to more inclusive and sustainable communities now and in the future. Greater accessibility is easily achieved if included at design stage. 

An increased supply of accessible mainstream housing is critical to the success of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the Aged Care Reforms. 

The National Disability Strategy supports access in all new housing

The 2010-2020 National Disability Strategy committed to an agreed level of accessibility in all new housing by 2020. With a few exceptions, the housing industry has not responded. ANUHD anticipated in 2015 that less than 5% of the 2020 target will be met unless these features are regulated.  See the report.

The United Nations recommends regulation

In October 2019, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in its Concluding Observations found that a significant proportion of existing buildings are not accessible due to the lack of mandated national access requirements for housing in the NCC

The Committee recommended that Australia amend the NCC to include mandatory rules on access for all new and extensively modified housing

Have your say

The Australian Building Codes Board is considering regulation for access in all new housing in the National Construction Code.

You can support regulation by responding to the ABCB Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) to be released in March/April 2020. 

How to respond to the Consultation RIS

Step 1: Get the Consultation RIS when it is released

Please click the button below to join our Network and receive our updates and a copy of the Consultation RIS when it is released.

The consultation period is eight weeks.

Step 2: Follow the ANUHD submission guide

Our guide will show you how to respond to the consultation. It provides tips on what to include, a list of resources, and outlines the key things you need to address in your response. See the ANUHD submission guide.

Step 3: Read the background documents

These key documents will inform you on the work that ANUHD has done so far. 

Step 4: Submit your response

Responses may be emailed to: (with the subject line ‘Accessible Housing’)

or posted to:

Accessible Housing
Australian Building Codes Board
GPO Box 2013
Canberra ACT 2601

Please send response as an attachment to the email, either as a Word or PDF file.

All submissions will be publicly available unless requested otherwise.

For more information

Visit the ABCB Accessible Housing project or Contact us

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