Lost opportunity to boost accessible housing in SA?
Most houses and apartments in South Australia do not have basic accessibility features and there are currently no requirements in place for new builds. This severely reduces the availability of housing options for people living with disability in our state.
The updated National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 proposes to begin to address this problem through the introduction of some low-level mandatory standards for accessibility in new residential construction projects based on the Livable Housing Design Guidelines (LHDG) silver standards. Adhering to higher standards would remain voluntary.
The NCC is updated every three years in a process led by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB), which involves extensive research and wide consultation. The updated NCC will apply from next year, but, so far, the South Australian government has declined to implement the changes.