Rights & Inclusion Australia (R&IA) is a national Disabled People's Organisation promoting the rights and inclusion of people with disability, with a focus on accessibility in the built environment. R&IA activities include work with First Nations people and Asia Pacific programs. R&IA is a member of the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) and Asia Pacific Disability Forum (APDF).
News & Updates
3 February 2022 - R&IA's February eNewsletter
You can view R&IA's latest eNewsletter here. February's issue includes an update on the campaign to get the NSW and WA government's to adopt the regulations for accessible housing, and links to the University of Melbourne's 2021 Housing Assembly videos. You can view the YouTube video 'Accessibility; Affordability; Agency... Housing for People with Disability' session at which R&IA's Michael Bleasdale was a panellist here.
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27 January 2022 - Sue Salthouse’s tireless work acknowledged in Australia’s 2022 Honours List
We were delighted to hear the news that our dear colleague, the late Sue Salthouse, had been awarded as a Member in the general division of the Order of Australia. Sue was recognised for her “significant service as an advocate for people with disability and to the prevention of family violence”. Today we share the sense of pride, and profound loss, with Sue’s family and the vast numbers of colleagues across Australia, for the work that Sue did with R&IA and others, which has helped to highlight issues of housing for people with disability. You can read more about Sue Salthouse AM in an earlier dedication to her here.
3 December 2021 - Australia's Disability Strategy 2021-31 released
Released on the International Day of People with Disability, R&IA was heartened to see that housing is now elevated as an outcome area to 'Inclusive Homes and Communities' in Australia's Disability Strategy. Nonetheless, R&IA is disappointed in the approach taken to housing and other aspects of Outcome Area 2. Amid an acknowledged, whole-of-community housing crisis, no immediate priority has been given to the issue of accessible housing and making the built environment inclusive. There is no mention anywhere in the document of the decision by the Building Ministers Meeting in April 2021 to mandate the Livable Housing Design standard in the 2022 National Construction Code (NCC), nor of the work that needs to be done to ensure all states and territories comply with this requirement. You can read R&IA's further comments on the Disability Strategy in our December 2021 eNewsletter.
1 May 2021 - ACT Government secures national mandatory accessible standards
R&IA was delighted with the ACT Government's decision to support the national regulation of housing accessibility standards in the 2022 edition of the National Construction Code. Both R&IA and ACTCOSS acknowledged the leadership shown by Minister Vassarotti and the ACT Government in this momentous announcement at the 30 April 2021 National Building Ministers' Meeting (BMM). Read Minister Vassarotti's media release, with comments by R&IA's Michael Bleasdale here. You can read the BMM Communiqué April 2021 at https://www.industry.gov.au/news/building-ministers-meeting-communique-april-2021.
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R&IA's annual forum was held in September 2021. It had a focus on the approval of accessible housing standards to the National Construction Code 2022 and addressing the challenges to adoption by NSW and SA. View further forum details here.
Opening the Door Project
The Opening the Door project aims to support people with disability to achieve choice and control with their housing options. To learn more about the project and to access useful links and resources, go to the Opening the Door project page by clicking on the logo.
Click on the thumbnail below to see the ‘Introduction to the Project’ video. Other project videos can be viewed on the Opening the Door page, including an overview of the Australian housing context.
Building Better Homes - A National Building Code for All Australians
The NSW, WA and SA are yet to commit to implementing accessible housing to the new 2022 National Construction Code. We only have until the end of the year to help them get on the right path. To contact your government to let them know how important accessible housing is for ALL Australians click on their logo. Rights & Inclusion Australia is an active partner in the Building Better Homes campaign.
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