Have you ever broken your leg and struggled to get around in your own house? Had an elderly relative visit your home who couldn't use the bathroom? Almost every Australian will require some kind of accessibility in their home at one point or another.
Everyone has the right to a home — so why do we still build homes that not everyone can live in?
Most states and territories (every single one except NSW and WA!) have committed to a new National Construction Code that will require basic accessibility for every new home built — like at least one entrance without steps, and a toilet on the entry level, and some other very basic but important requirements.
But the NSW Government still refuses to commit to ensuring new homes built in our state meet these standards, leaving the tens of thousands of older people, people with disability who have mobility issues and countless others without the safety and security of accessible housing.
Three in four people with a mobility impairment currently live in a home that does not meet their needs, but most Australian states and territories are working to change that. Ageing, living with a disability, and sharing our lives with people with mobility issues should not be made harder in NSW than elsewhere in Australia.
Write to the Ministers for Disability, Housing and Fair Trading NOW, urging them to commit to minimum accessibility standards in new homes.