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Proposal for Change to the Australian Building Codes Board to provide access in all new housing

ANUHD submitted a Proposal for Change to the ABCB to provide access in all new housing within the National Construction Code. The proposal aims to solve two problems:

  1. The inability of the housing industry to respond to the National Dialogue agreement in 2010 and the subsequent COAG commitment within the National Disability Strategy; and
  2. Inconsistency across Australia in what is considered to be accessibility in housing.

COAG (Building Minister’s Forum) Communique October 2017

As a direct result of our advocacy, COAG has directed the Australian Building Codes Board to perform a Regulatory Impact Assessment for access in private housing.

Proposal to Standards Australia to review AS4299 to align with the 2010-2020 National Disability Strategy

ANUHD proposed a review of AS4299-1995 Adaptable Housing Standard to align with the 2010-2020 National Disability Strategy.  This was rejected, because of lack of support from the housing industry peak bodies.  Standards Australia are having “round-table”discussions with the housing industry to discuss this proposal.  There have been no outcomes.