Leading the development of safer, more comfortable and easier to access homes for everybody.

To do that we


Certify that a home is easier to access, navigate and live in, and that it is cost effective to adapt as life’s circumstances change.


Educate through a program of professional accreditation that provides assurance for industry and the community as they seek informed advice.


Advocate for policy and regulation that supports industry and professional leadership.
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Liveable Housing Australia

Established in 2011, Liveable Housing Australia is a not-for-profit partnership between community and consumer groups, government and industry, brought together to lead the development of safer homes that are easier to access for everybody.

Founded from the National Dialogue on Universal Housing Design, the LHA Liveable Housing Guidelines developed through this partnership define agreed best practice standards, providing a common language and reference point for liveable housing in design and construction.

Certification of homes by Liveable Housing Australia against these Guidelines, supported by a network of accredited assessors, provides assurance that a home is easier to access, navigate and live in, and that it is cost effective to adapt as life’s circumstances change.

Liveable Housing Design

The LHA Livable Housing Guidelines provide Australia’s only best practice guidelines for liveable housing agreed in partnership between community, consumer groups, government and industry. The certification of a home to a silver, gold or platinum level under the guidelines ensures that these standards have been met through the home’s design and construction.

Only LHA Design Guideline Assessors registered with LHA can assess a design or an as built house as meeting the Livable Housing Silver, Gold or Platinum levels.

Only accredited LHA assessors can assign the use of an LHA Silver, Gold or Platinum logo to a design or an as built home which can then market the home as being livable to future home buyers.

SDA Design Standards

Through our advocacy, LHA informs and supports the National Disability Insurance Scheme Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Design Standards. LHA was engaged by NDIS and developed the standalone SDA Design Standards and the certification model that are now required for SDA.

The SDA Design Standards are critical in supporting the delivery of accommodation for people who require specialist housing solutions, including to assist with the delivery of supports that cater to their extreme functional impairment or very high support needs.

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