Well well well, that didn’t take long…

After a very, very long drum roll the state and territory building ministers met last Friday (30 April) and gave the cymbals a big hard smash for us!

They were voting to consider the mandatory inclusion of accessible building standards in the National Construction Code (NCC) for all new homes built across the country and they said…Yes!

Well most of them said yes, it appears that WA, NSW and SA were not so keen…interesting.

The new building requirements, which will take effect from September 2022 with the release of the updated NCC, will be based on Livable Housing Australia’s (LHA) Silver Level design criteria. 

For a quick recap on what that means please visit the Project Silver page to watch the video. The video explains what changes will now be the mandatory inclusion in all new homes and also shows how these changes will benefit all Australians.

That’s right, P2P was all over this years ago…just saying…

Additionally, in this good news drum solo, a voluntary guide will be developed to achieve LHA Gold level standard to encourage the industry to go beyond the minimum mandatory standard. Great! 

The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources made some comments on what went down at the ministers meeting. They can be found here – https://www.industry.gov.au/news/building-ministers-meeting-communique-april-2021

A special mention needs to go to Dr Margaret Ward from Australian Network for Universal Housing Design (ANUHD), she has been on this campaign for decades now. It’s rare you meet an individual with such determination, spirit, and resilience to keep fighting for what they believe in and know to be right. I firmly believe that these changes to the National Construction Code would not have been made if it wasn’t for Margaret. She has helped change the lives for many – thanks Margaret.         

P2P Housing has been proud to help the cause in any way we can, offering support to the below organisations who all joined forces to fight the good fight. Click on a logo to see their comments and contributions.

Centre for Universal Design Australia
Building Better Homes logo
Australian Building Codes Board
Australian Network for Universal Housing Design