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 2018, 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 was released for public consultation between September and November 2018 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.

Comment on the Options Paper is now closed.

National Consultation Forums

In October and November 2018, the ABCB held a series of consultation forums in each capital city. These forums provided 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 now completed, however a video recording is available.

Options Paper Consultation Report

Following the completion of the Options Paper process and the National Consultation Forums, the ABCB has published an Options Paper Consultation Report that documents, in summary form, stakeholder feedback and identifies considerations that will shape the next stage of this project, the Regulation Impact Statement (RIS).

Project timeline


  Accessible Housing Options Paper released for public comment  

  Accessible Housing National Consultation Forums


  Consultation Outcomes Report

  Work begins on 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 National Consultation Forums 2018

The ABCB's presentation at the National Consultation Forums on Accessible Housing. Read More

Accessible Housing Options Paper

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

Accessible Housing Options Paper Consultation Report

Developed to document stakeholder feedback on the Accessible Housing Options Paper. 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