Although this video is about the specific requirements of one person, it shows how some design features, such as level entry into the home, could make a difference right from the outset – for everyone.
Edited transcript from live captioning of the presentation by Shawn Neilson and Joel Elbourne who outline the process of engaging with developers to encourage the uptake of Banyule City Council’s Liveable Housing Design Guidelines in new housing developments. They show how it is possible to get buy-in from developers using local government resources. The title of their presentation is, Improving housing for people across their lifespan. Banyule City Council also has a Liveable Housing Policy. However, the policy indicates the notion of a proportion of new dwellings, which means the policy applies only to multi dwelling developments.
This set of guidelines was published in 2008, but the information is as relevant today as it was when first published. The designs were well researched and there are sample plans for all types of dwellings. Costings were included in the design process and they found that if these features are considered at the outset of the design, the additional cost, if any, is minimal.
You can download the Universal Housing Design Guidelines as a Handbook or quick reference Factsheet from this site. Apart from key design features it has a section on model houses – single and double storey detached homes. These Guidelines formed the underpinnings of the Livable Housing Design Guidelines (Silver and Gold levels) in 2012.
Note: these Guidelines are no longer on the Landcom website. They have been archived in Trove (The National Library of Australia), but as of January 2020 they could not be found.