Australasian Housing Institute

Universally Designed Homes - dispelling the assumptions

Going for Gold

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This one-hour webinar enables discussion to extend universal design thinking and contextualise the Livable Housing Design Guidelines for the housing sector. Discussion will cover social, affordable and mainstream housing.
Presented by Dr Jane Bringolf and Dr Penny Galbraith from the Centre for Universal Design Australia, this webinar seeks to:
  • Extend thinking beyond a narrow definition of accessibility
  • Identify and dispel assumptions about universal design
  • Contextualise the levels of performance in liveable home design
  • Argue the need for Gold Level of LHDG
Target audience: Anyone in the house-building and design sectors, particularly those who want to know the advantages of Livable Housing Design Guidelines over AS4299. Specifically, anyone procuring design services who is trying to align their housing designs to their social housing tenancies. Maintenance teams and allocation officers might also be interested in how universally designed homes mean less modifications and easier placement of tenants due to the design being suited to a broader population.
Prerequisite: As a prerequisite to this webinar, attendees are requested to complete the free online course ‘Introduction to Universal Design’.


DATE: 13 August 2018
TIME: 11:00am - 12:00pm AEST
PRICE: FREE for Certified Housing Professionals (CHPs), $30 for AHI or UDA members, $60 for non-members
If you are an UDA member, please contact us on to obtain the discount. 


Jane Bringolf is a passionate advocate for universal design. With a particular interest in universal design in housing, she completed a PhD study asking the question, “Why do we keep building homes as if we are never going to grow old?” Her background in community services spanning more than thirty years, mostly in the ageing and disability sectors underpins her understanding of how design can exclude, inconvenience and create barriers to accomplishing everyday activities.

Jane was Executive Director of the Independent Living Centre NSW, and more recently as Liveable Communities Project Manager with Council on the Ageing NSW.  As a founding director of Centre for Universal Design Australia, a registered charity, she wants to see a world where designers automatically consider the diversity of the population and create inclusive design in built environments, products, services, education and ICT. Jane was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2004 to travel overseas to investigate organisations pursuing universal design, and accessible environments. Jane also holds a Bachelor of Social Science, and Masters of Business Administration.

Dr Penny Galbraith FAIB, FRICS is a project manager, builder and access consultant with a career-long interest in universal design.  Consultancy roles have covered a range of clients and built environment forms.  Recently, Penny assisted the Australian Human Rights Commission build an evidence base in respect of housing policy and standards as well as delivering accessibility and universal design training in Sri Lanka. Penny is a Director of the Centre for Universal Design Australia, an Accredited ACAA Access Consultant, and Subject Matter Expert on disability for the Australian Building Codes Board.  Strategy, research and futures thinking underpin Penny’s work.



As a prerequisite to this webinar, attendees are requested to complete the free online course ‘Introduction to Universal Design’.