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Wed 17th November 2021


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WA Social Housing Economic Recovery Package  (SHERP)
presented by the Department of Communities

Monica Nichevich - Program Director, Program Management Office and

Gladys Rivera,  Portfolio Manager

SHERP is a $319m economic recovery package comprising of $97m to build (or buy off the plan) up to 250 new social housing properties, $142m to refurbish up to 1,500 existing public and supported residential houses and community housing properties, and $80m for a targeted regional maintenance program. As part of this $319m package, the SHERP Grants Program comprises $93m for new and upgraded community housing and to undertake maintenance works in remote aboriginal communities

This presentation will include: 

-    Background of SHERP 
-    The 3 workstreams and how trades, residential builders and business can be involved 
-    The Grants program Eg housing construction projects and refurbishment works which will create more fit-for-purpose homes

 -   Financial incentives provided by the WA State Government and the Commonwealth Government to support businesses to recruit and train new employees including apprentices and trainees 
-    The tender and market process for some SHERP projects 


Accessible housing construction code changes 

presented by Richard Scott, Morris Goding Consultants 

New houses in Australia are set to become more accessible due to a national minimum standard that applies from mid next year.

Having a minimum accessibility standard means certain features will need to be included in homes when they are built.

The new standard is expected to create safer, more secure and livable housing for many Australians. 

The intention behind the change is to support more people with mild to moderate disabilities, older people, people with temporary injuries and families with young children to live safely and more comfortably.

Homes built following the rules will be more easily adaptable and cheaper to fit out as people transition through various life stages. While the guidelines won’t accommodate the needs and abilities of everyone, it is hoped they are of widespread benefit and used in the majority of circumstances.

This presentation will include;

  • What has been proposed

  • The regulatory and non-regulatory options being considered

  • What the draft NCC proposals contain

  • What are livable/accessible housing features

  • The ABCB’s consultation process

Universal Housing Design - the 7 Principles 

presented by Richard Scott,  Morris Goding Consultants

Universal Housing Design means designing Australian homes to meet the changing needs of home occupants across their lifetime.

It recommends the inclusion of key easy living features that aim to make homes easier and safer to use for all occupants including: people with disability, ageing Australians, people with temporary injuries, and families with young children.

A universally designed home seeks to enhance the quality of life for all occupants at all stages of their life by including safer and more user friendly design features.

This presentation will discuss those principles in detail 

Emergency Evacuation by People with a Disability - Specialist Disability Accommodation
Presented by Bruce Bromley,
SDA Consultants and Equal Access Director 

This presentation will discuss the following; 


  • Considerations of evacuation planning

  • DtS vs Performance

  • AS3745 Planning for emergencies in facilities

  • Refuges

  • Does the BCA produce safe buildings?

Revised Standard AS1428.1 2021 – Design for access and mobility general requirements for access – New building work

AS1428.1 provides building designers, practitioners, regulators, and owners with the minimum design requirements for new building work to enable access for people with disabilities.

This new standard replaces the 2009 version and provides further details and clarifications, including more examples of handrail terminations for stairs and ramps, as well as additional room layouts for accessible sanitary facilities.​

Richard will discuss the updated version of AS1428.1:2021 which was released in June 2021. The presentation will include what has changed, why the change,  and how it will impact new builds and design and home modifications

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