HOME Projects

In the context of rising numbers of people with lived experience of disability within Australian cities, this research aimed to determine what is required to establish Geelong as a leading accessible and inclusive city. The project has informed a collective plan of action, supported by a wide range of community stakeholders, to enable Geelong to be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people. The project was led by the HOME Research Hub, with partners including GenU, the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) and Vision Australia.

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The Microvillage Project explores the viability of increasing the supply of affordable, small houses. It focuses on people with limited funds who want to live in homes that minimise consumption of building materials, land, and energy, and which integrate and link with the community in meaningful ways.

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Families in Australia are increasingly raising their children in apartments, despite these dwellings being designed and marketed for those without children. While apartment living has many benefits for families with children, design that does not consider children as residents, can be challenging for families. This project was commissioned to provide research, analysis and recommendations for how the Victorian planning system can better support child/family friendly apartment buildings.

Design Considerations for Child and Family Friendly Apartments

This project had its genesis with a group of parent-carers of adults with intellectual disabilities. As the parents age, the group is concerned that their adult offspring will be forced to move out of the area, severing their essential social, economic and other support networks, or may be obliged to enter inappropriate care settings (such as residential aged care). The HOME team is collaborating with the Consumer Policy Research Centre to support these families directly, through advice and knowledge transfer, while deriving important policy and place-making lessons that can be applied by other groups also looking to create alternative housing solutions.

Co-Designing Housing for People with Intellectual Disabilities               

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