The Building Better Homes Campaign is determined to see minimum accessibility standards included in the National Building Code, ensuring the Code meets the needs of all Australians.

The time for action is now

On the 30th of April 2021, a majority of Building Ministers agreed to the inclusion of mandatory minimum accessibility standards in the National Construction Code.

This is a major win for people with disability, seniors and all Australians. But not every state and territory has committed to implementing the new Code.

Our goal is to ensure we have a National Construction Code for all Australians.

Background

There is a shortage of accessible housing

A lack of accessible housing is leaving many Australians unable to access housing that is appropriate to their needs.

This impacts:

  • Quality of life
  • Employment opportunities
  • Productivity
 

A 2020 survey of people with mobility impairment found that 73.6% of respondents were living in housing that does not meet their needs.

This leads to increased costs of modifications and the need for paid and unpaid care, and a reduction in their workforce participation.

and demand is growing…

Over the next 40 years, the number of Australians with a mobility limitation due to disability is estimated to increase from 3 million to around 5.75 million.

As our population ages, the demand for accessible housing will increase. Over 80% of older Australians aged over 55 want to live in their own home as they age.

But supply isn’t…

Only 5% of new home builds comply with the voluntary Livable Housing Guidelines, in place since 2010.

Who we are

The Building Better Homes Campaign is a coalition of peak bodies and agencies working to secure mandatory accessibility standards within the National Building Code.

Our Partners: