Technical report

Access across Australia

This report measures accessibility, the ease of reaching valued destinations, for 8 major Australian cities.

Everyone can play: a guideline to create inclusive playspaces

This is a practical toolkit for creating playspaces that are designed to be inclusive of everyone in the community. It was developed in consultation with advocacy and advisory groups representing over 50 stakeholders from local government, landscape architecture, disability advocates, industry representatives, parents and educators.

Buildings for everyone: designing for access and usability

This guide provides information about good practice for the design of buildings that are safe and easy to use for everyone.

Matching markets in housing and housing assistance

This study identified five Australian housing markets that could use online technology to match highly specific ‘buyers’ and ‘sellers’. The five markets considered are: swaps in public housing; disability accessible housing; low-cost private rental housing brokerage; apartment presales for low/mid income earners; and precinct-level urban...

The whole journey: a guide for thinking beyond compliance to create accessible public transport journeys

This guide seeks to encourage policy makers, planners, designers, and operators to think beyond compliance and the physical and governance boundaries of services and infrastructure, and focus instead on people's accessibility needs across the whole of their public transport journey.

Landscape modification: an alternative to residential access ramps and lifts

This report and associated documents explore and analyse the approach to modifying the surrounding landscape of a home in order to improve accessibility through innovative home modification solutions within a community care context.

Infrastructure for diverse communities: submission to Victoria’s draft 30-year infrastructure strategy

A common theme of Victoria’s Draft 30-year Infrastructure Strategy is getting more use from infrastructure by creating multipurpose, integrated and well-managed facilities. We agree, but emphasise this requires a different culture and approach by infrastructure owners to understand, collaborate and value infrastructure use for broader...

The role of inherent requirement statements in Australian universities

Australian university disability practitioners have long advocated statements that describe the inherent requirements of academic programs. Students are protected by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth), which makes it unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of disability across a range of criteria that include denying...
Conference paper

Urban design guidelines for places with restorative values

This paper proposes an urban design model for the governance of accessibility to the inviting, secure and comfortable places associated with the values found in restorative environments.
Conference paper

The impacts of political changes on public transport accessibility in Melbourne, 2008-2014

This paper traces the evolution of public transport accessibility in Melbourne and link the documented changes to the political process.
Conference paper

Mobility profiles for local areas: developing an interactive decision-making tool for urban design, transport and accessibility improvements in Melbourne's activity centres

This paper introduces the suite of local area indicators compiled during the Transport, Accessibility and Mobility Indicators (TAMI) pilot project in 2006-07 and reflect on the opportunities and barriers encountered in their application to the local planning process.
Conference paper

Rethinking accessibility in planning of urban open space. Using an integrative theoretical framework

While accessibility has now evolved into a multidimensional construct, current open space planning models still use physical proximity to an open space area as proxy variable to evaluate ‘accessibility’. This paper, therefore, proposes an integrative theoretical framework to better illustrate the relationships between open space...
Conference paper

Livable housing design - is it likely to work?

This paper examines the context in which Livable Housing Design is being implemented and, based on early findings from case-studies in Brisbane, Queensland, the challenges that may need to be met.
Conference paper

Assessing land use and urban form impacts of changes in relative accessibility

This paper statistically assesses and quantifies the relationship between accessibility and locational decision for firms (jobs) and households (population) in Melbourne.
Conference paper

Evaluating urban transport and land use policies through the use of an accessibility modelling framework

This paper discusses a framework used to develop measures of accessibility that take into consideration the travel behaviour of individuals in addition to other factors that are sensitive to transport and urban planning policies.

Report on the progress of the National Dialogue on Universal Housing Design 2010-2014

The report finds that, in spite of the support of the Australian Government and the sustained efforts of Livable Housing Australia, the housing industry, as a whole, has failed to show signs of voluntary systemic transformation. A generous estimation is that the current voluntary approach...

National review of school music education: Augmenting the diminished

International and national research shows that music education uniquely contributes to the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of all students. Music in schools contributes to both instrumental and aesthetic learning outcomes; transmission of cultural heritage and values; and, students’ creativity, identity and capacity for...