Commission Welcomes Partnership on Housing
10 November 2009 at 11:07 am
The meeting, held at Kirribilli House and hosted by the Prime Minister’s wife, Therese Rein and Parliamentary Secretary Bill Shorten, brought together 20 of Australia’s leading players concerned with the design, development, construction and regulation of housing, along with representatives from government advisory bodies and community groups.
The meeting looked at a range of initiatives, taking place in Australia and overseas, aimed at making it easier for young families, people who may have an injury or illness, older Australians and people with disability to safely enjoy their homes as their needs change.
Those present at the meeting committed to participating in a high-level working group to develop a national approach. This approach would include codification of technical design features, such as wider doorways and more adaptable bathrooms, and the implementation of professional development and community education strategies.
A summary statement of the outcome of the meeting and a list of organisations represented at the meeting is available on the Commission website at www.humanrights.gov.au/disability_rights/accommodation/kirribilli_house.htm
For more information on housing and designing for lifetime use see http://humanrights.gov.au/disability_rights/buildings/access_to_premises.html#housing and www.anuhd.org