Media Release: QDN welcomes new minimum housing accessibility standards.
QDN welcomes the announcement of the inclusion of minimum accessibility provisions for new and extensively modified residential housing and apartments in the National Construction Code (NCC) 2022, based on the Liveable Housing Design Guidelines (LHDG) silver standards.
QDN is a member of a coalition of more than 100 peak organisations who formed the Building Better Homes (BBH) Campaign, which called for mandatory accessibility standards in the National Construction Code.
QDN acknowledges the Hon. Mick de Brenni, Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement who has championed this issue nationally taking it to Council of Australian Government Housing Ministers. QDN members thank Minister de Brenni for his strong leadership shown,that will deliver future benefits to more than three quarters of Australians.
QDN members across the state have been actively engaging in this campaign with both State and Commonwealth Ministers and Members of Parliament to let them know why this change was so important in the lives of people with disability, our families and the broader community.
QDN Board Chair, Des Ryan said “QDN and other peak organisations had pushed for a gold accessibility standard to be applied but welcomed the introduction of a silver standard. My thanks to QDN members for your active engagement and I am pleased that the voice of people with disability has been heard. Australia’s new housing standards in the NCC are a big win for people with disability”.
“Gold-standard accessibility is still a possibility for Australia’s states and territories, which can progress towards gold-level standard over time. We want to see as many housing projects as possible meet gold standard, and we look forward to working with Queensland government to move towards including gold-level standards in this jurisdiction.” said Mr Ryan.
A technical referral pathway will be put in place so the various jurisdictions can upgrade over time to a gold-level standard for housing.
“This reform will change the lives of millions of Australians – including people with disabilities and older Australians who simply couldn’t find housing that meets their needs”.
QDN CEO Paige Armstrong said today “Queenslanders with disability, families and supporters have called for this change, which will enable people to have a place they can call home that is accessible and meets their needs”.
The national minimum accessibility silver standard include simple but crucial features of the Liveable Housing Design Guidelines, such as:
At least one step-free entrance door
Wider internal doors and corridors
Toilet on ground level (or entry level)
“Since 2015 QDN has held a strong position about the fundamental right all people have, to housing that the accessible, affordable, secure and well-located in communities”.
QDN is an organisation by and for people with disability with over 1,500 members and supporters across the state. QDN’s mission is “to empower all people with disability to be fully included as active, valued citizens in the social and economic life of the community”.
Media contact: QDN CEO: Paige Armstrong 0408 720 099