Liveable housing design

Goal: To increase the uptake of liveable design features in homes

Queensland has an ageing population. Liveable housing design is about making our homes easier and safer to use for all occupants and their visitors, including older people, people with mobility impairments, people with temporary injuries, and families with young children.

In 2016 the Queensland Government established the Livable Housing Design Working Group to identify opportunities to improve the uptake of liveable housing design features in homes. The group includes representatives from the building industry, community sector and government agencies. It has identified potential strategies that could be used to increase the uptake of liveable housing design in Queensland’s dwellings.

The importance of liveable housing design has been recognised nationally through the Council of Australian Government’s ‘National Disability Strategy’ and the Productivity Commission’s report ‘Caring for Older Australians’. The Australian Building Codes Board has also been asked to consider requiring minimum access features for new housing under the National Construction Code (NCC).

The Department of Housing and Public Works also recognises the importance of leading the way with procurement, particularly where liveable housing design features are incorporated into social housing.

Proposals

Some of the strategies identify voluntary initiatives that could be implemented by government in partnership with industry and community sector organisations, for example:

  • provide a financial incentive to new homebuyers to include a minimum of ‘Silver Level’ design features in their new dwellings (using Livable Housing Australia’s Design Guidelines).
  • build a partnership to raise awareness of liveable housing design and build industry capability to deliver houses to a minimum ‘Silver Level’ of liveable housing design.
  • develop case studies and display homes in partnership with industry to promote liveable housing design to builders and consumers.
  • work with the real estate industry to develop a recognisable icon for real estate marketing of houses that already include liveable housing design features so they are readily identifiable to consumers.
  • update Economic Development Queensland’s Guideline to include increased requirements for liveable housing design in new dwellings in its Priority Development Areas.

Other strategies involve regulatory options:

  • Mandate a minimum standard (‘Silver Level’) of liveable housing design to be included in all new residential dwellings by 2020 by developing a new mandatory part of the Queensland Development Code (QDC). Some exemptions could be considered, e.g. steep properties and very small lots.
  • Require all Livable Housing Australia compliant properties to be registered on a publicly available database so consumers seeking liveable housing can easily locate suitable properties.


Goal: To increase the uptake of liveable design features in homes

Queensland has an ageing population. Liveable housing design is about making our homes easier and safer to use for all occupants and their visitors, including older people, people with mobility impairments, people with temporary injuries, and families with young children.

In 2016 the Queensland Government established the Livable Housing Design Working Group to identify opportunities to improve the uptake of liveable housing design features in homes. The group includes representatives from the building industry, community sector and government agencies. It has identified potential strategies that could be used to increase the uptake of liveable housing design in Queensland’s dwellings.

The importance of liveable housing design has been recognised nationally through the Council of Australian Government’s ‘National Disability Strategy’ and the Productivity Commission’s report ‘Caring for Older Australians’. The Australian Building Codes Board has also been asked to consider requiring minimum access features for new housing under the National Construction Code (NCC).

The Department of Housing and Public Works also recognises the importance of leading the way with procurement, particularly where liveable housing design features are incorporated into social housing.

Proposals

Some of the strategies identify voluntary initiatives that could be implemented by government in partnership with industry and community sector organisations, for example:

  • provide a financial incentive to new homebuyers to include a minimum of ‘Silver Level’ design features in their new dwellings (using Livable Housing Australia’s Design Guidelines).
  • build a partnership to raise awareness of liveable housing design and build industry capability to deliver houses to a minimum ‘Silver Level’ of liveable housing design.
  • develop case studies and display homes in partnership with industry to promote liveable housing design to builders and consumers.
  • work with the real estate industry to develop a recognisable icon for real estate marketing of houses that already include liveable housing design features so they are readily identifiable to consumers.
  • update Economic Development Queensland’s Guideline to include increased requirements for liveable housing design in new dwellings in its Priority Development Areas.

Other strategies involve regulatory options:

  • Mandate a minimum standard (‘Silver Level’) of liveable housing design to be included in all new residential dwellings by 2020 by developing a new mandatory part of the Queensland Development Code (QDC). Some exemptions could be considered, e.g. steep properties and very small lots.
  • Require all Livable Housing Australia compliant properties to be registered on a publicly available database so consumers seeking liveable housing can easily locate suitable properties.