Placemaking in Wyndham

CPRC kicks off our housing research agenda and joins consumers, local government and experts to create homes for intellectually disabled people in Melbourne’s growing outer-west.

As parents caring for their disabled children at home reach retirement and beyond, and their kids become adults with needs and goals of their own, families face difficult choices.

These decisions are a lot harder because Australia still lacks a systematic approach to life stage transitions for these families and has a chronic shortage of specialised and supported accommodation.

Parent-carers also reach old age with much worse health outcomes than their peers, meaning they also need housing and care solutions themselves.

We are excited to announce that as part of our Partnerships Pathways Program CPRC is exploring solutions to this so-far intractable challenge.

Towards this end, we are working with a group of adults with intellectual disabilities, their parent-carers, the City of Wyndham (in Melbourne’s outer-western growth corridor) and world-leading experts from Deakin University’s HOME research network.

The core of this collaboration brings broad-ranging expertise from all the partners to build the capacity of the families to create housing solutions for themselves. This expertise includes urban design, co-design, community living, architecture, program evaluation, supported communication, health and disability, and legal analysis.

We expect that with this support, the families will be able to evaluate potential for-profit and not-for-profit development partners and lead the creation of their own sustainable communities.

Meanwhile, as we track the process and evaluate it, we aim to discover how merging opportunities can be used to create a replicable approach to specialised, consumer-led housing creation that can scale across Australia.

Options examined will include the new NDIS funding, the Commonwealth-supported bond aggregator agency for social housing finance, state-level planning reforms, and the emergence of new property development models.

The team will identify obstacles to consumer-led place making and advise governments on policy reforms to unlock the potential off all these emerging possibilities. We will also develop practice guides for consumers, families and developers, so they can replicate the journey without the same level of expert support.

Providing solutions for thousands of families across Australia marginalised by the mainstream property market is no meagre ambition, but we’re up for the challenge!

For more information on this or other CPRC housing research activities please contact Senior Research & Policy Officer, Dr Steve Curry on

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