The Livable Housing Design Guidelines were developed by Livable Housing Australia, a not-for-profit company set up to promote the guidelines agreed by the housing industry and the community sector.
“Livable Housing Australia (LHA) is a partnership between community and consumer groups, government and industry. LHA champions the mainstream adoption of livable housing design principles in all new homes built in Australia. LHA arose from the National Dialogue on Universal Housing Design, which established nationally agreed guidelines on designing and building livable homes.” (Livable Housing Australia)
Although these Guidelines were endorsed by COAG and are cited in government policy documents, it remains to be seen if these Guidelines will be taken up by industry to meet their commitment of all new homes being built to the Guidelines by 2020. Regardless, the Guidelines remain an important reference document. Note the spelling of Livable is particular to these guidelines and is considered a brand name by LHA.
9 Jan 2017. Editor’s Note: It is almost two years since I posted this item and it is clear that the industry is not interested in implementing these guidelines. Regulation is the only way for industry to keep a level playing field and to know what to do and how to do it.