Inclusive Housing System – Annual Forum

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R&IA's Annual Housing Forum was held (virtually) on Wednesday 22 September 2021

The forum challenged the decision of NSW and SA to opt out of the new accessibility provisions in the National Construction Code 2022, by considering:

• The benefits to consumers of a unified, national approach to accessibility in housing
• The benefits to the building industry and suppliers of uniform regulation across jurisdictions
• How supportive jurisdictions will implement the NCC from September 2022
• How building professionals can adapt to develop housing to the new guidelines

Architects who attended the forum are able to claim 4 Formal CPD hours for full attendance and completing the Questionnaire, which can be found here Competency Questionnaire

Full Program Schedule

Time Session/Presentation Speaker(s)
9.30am Acknowledgment of Country Michael Bleasdale, Executive Officer R&IA
9.35 Introduction to Forum Michael Bleasdale, Executive Officer R&IA
9.45 Brief Overview Dr Margaret Ward PSM, Co-convenor ANUHD
10.15 Address from ACT Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction Minister Rebecca Vassarotti
10.45 Next Steps for NCC 2022 Neil Savery, CEO, ABCB
11.15 End of Session 1
11.30 The BBH Campaign – the road ahead in NSW and SA Alistair Webster, Building Better Homes campaign
12pm Implementing the new guidelines – perspectives of builders and developers.


Facilitated by Alistair Webster

Facilitated discussion

Andrew Kerec, Renaissance Building ACT

Mick Fisher, Fruition Homes Qld

Chris Knierim, CEO, Building Designers Association of Australia

Hayley Jamieson, Riverport Properties Qld

12.45 Concluding comments Michael Fox AM, Chair R&IA