Universal Housing Design Guidelines from Landcom

Front cover of the Landcom Guidelines showing a woman at a front door holding a small girl and holding a boy close to her side. Universal housing design guidelines.The Landcom Guidelines for universal housing design were 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. The design process included costing the features. They found that if these features are considered at the outset of the design, the additional cost 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.

2021 Update: Many of the features in these guidelines will be in the National Construction Code from September 2022. Most states and both territories have agreed to adopt them. As of December 2021 NSW, SA and WA will delay their adoption. 

Note: the Landcom Guidelines are difficult to find on the Landcom website. They have been archived in Trove (The National Library of Australia).

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