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Livable Housing Design: The voluntary provision of inclusive housing in Australia

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Margaret Ward ,

Queensland University of Technology, AU
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Jill Franz,

Queensland University of Technology, AU
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Barbara Adkins

Queensland University of Technology, AU
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Abstract

This paper reports on a study of the voluntary provision of inclusive housing. The impetus for the study is the Livable Housing Design initiative, an agreement among Australian housing industry and community leaders in 2010 to a national guideline and voluntary strategy with a target to provide minimum access features in all new housing by 2020. Situated in and around Brisbane, Australia, the study problematises the assumption that the housing industry will respond voluntarily; an assumption which this study concludes is unfounded. The Livable Housing Design initiative asks individual agents to consider the needs of people beyond the initial contract, to proceed with objective reasoning and to do the right thing voluntarily. Instead, the study found that interviewees focused on their immediate contractual obligations, were reluctant to change established practices and saw little reason to do more than was legally required of them. This paper argues that the highly-competitive and risk-averse nature of the industry works against a voluntary approach for inclusive housing and, if the 2020 target of the Livable Housing Design initiative is to be reached, a mandated approach through legislation will be necessary. The Livable Housing Design initiative, however, has an important role to play in preparing the Australian housing industry to accept further regulation.

How to Cite: Ward, M., Franz, J. and Adkins, B., 2014. Livable Housing Design: The voluntary provision of inclusive housing in Australia. Journal of Social Inclusion, 5(1), pp.43–60. DOI: http://doi.org/10.36251/josi.68
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Published on 04 Jun 2014.
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