The Accessible Housing Consultation RIS
When will a decision be made?
The Consultation RIS is just one step in the decision making process. Following public consultation on the RIS, the ABCB will prepare a Final RIS to assist Building Ministers (federal, state and territory governments) decide whether they support further development of proposed changes for inclusion in the NCC 2022.
If Ministers agree to proceed, the design requirements for the Building Code of Australia Volume 1 and Volume 2 would be released for public comment as part of the draft NCC 2022. This would happen in early 2021 if Ministers agree to proceed.
A final decision by Ministers would need to be made in late 2021 or early 2022 to allow the changes to be included in the NCC 2022.
How can you find out more?
The Accessible Housing Consultation RIS is available online from the ABCB.
In addition to the RIS, several other reports are available to help members understand the potential changes and the costs associated:
Mandatory or voluntary provisions?
HIA position on accessibility in residential buildings is that accessibility to private homes for people with disabilities, ‘ageing in place’, visitability or adaptability in private homes should be addressed through voluntary market-based incentives, improved consumer and industry information and education programs, and direct Government assistance to people with disabilities as opposed to mandatory provisions.
A one size fits all approach is not the way to go, as it ignores the needs of individuals and reduces affordability through placing unnecessary costs on the broader housing market
The best approach to providing disability access is through a tailored and co-operative approach between the individual client and their builder and the residential development industry should be assisted to develop low cost technical solutions to accessibility needs in private dwellings as voluntary options.
For home buyers with significant disabilities, governments could consider support measures to reduce the burden of accessibility related modifications to new housing.