Accessible Housing

The Accessible Housing project is undertaking Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) of options for potential minimum accessibility standards for housing, to be applied through the NCC. Accessible housing is any housing that includes features to enable use by people either with a disability or through their life stages. The RIA will consider the Livable Housing Design Guidelines Silver and Gold level specifications as possible options for a minimum accessibility standard, and additional options identified through consultation.

Options Paper

In August this year, the Building Ministers’ Forum agreed that the ABCB will develop an Options Paper on accessible housing possibly being regulated through the NCC.

The Accessible Housing Options Paper is currently open for public consultation to seek broader community and industry input and refine the details of the objectives, options and terminology that will be considered in a formal Regulatory Impact Statement, expected to begin in the first quarter of 2019.

National Consultation Forums

The ABCB will be holding a consultation forum in each capital city. These forums will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to have their say on accessible housing in-person, and have questions answered directly by representatives of the ABCB. These forums are free to attend and booking is essential. If you would like to attend, please register to secure your place.

Project timeline


  Accessible Housing Options Paper released for public comment  

  Accessible Housing National Consultation Forums


  Consultation Outcomes Report

  Work begins on Regulation Impact Statement (RIS)


  Conclusion of RIS process

  Development of content for NCC 2022 (if directed by Governments)


  Consultation on NCC 2022 public comment draft

  Decision on inclusion of accessible housing provisions

  ABCB Board determines NCC provisions if Governments decide to proceed 


  NCC takes effect in all States and Territories on 1 May


If you have any questions regarding this project, please email

Accessible Housing Options Paper

Consultation document about a possible minimum accessibility standard for housing in the NCC. Read More

Accessible Housing Project Overview

Provides an overview of the ABCB’s Accessible Housing project. Read More

Accessible Housing Project Timeline

Outlines the timeline for the ABCB’s Accessible Housing project. Read More