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.
In this project, the HOME Research Hub provides recommendations for strategic approaches and interventions to improve social equity in Corio, Norlane, and Whittington. These Recommendations were designed to help shape the long-term strategy of CoGG’s Vital Communities Project, and to inform ongoing strategy for recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.
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.
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.