Survey | Housing Matters

The Queensland Government, through our social housing program, designs and constructs many homes every year. These homes need to:

  • meet diverse health and accessibility considerations
  • encourage inclusivity and resilience
  • reflect our changing climate
  • be designed with the wellbeing of the resident in mind, even if their needs change over time.

If you work in the design, planning or development of homes and communities, support social housing delivery, reside in or near social housing, or just have an interest in design and the way we live in Queensland, we want to hear from you.

Read Housing Matters, A QCompanion discussion paper on social housing design (PDF, 2.9 MB) and share your thoughts on priority issues and essential ingredients for good housing.

Your feedback will inform the delivery of new social housing guidance material and demonstration projects for the Queensland Government.

The Queensland Government, through our social housing program, designs and constructs many homes every year. These homes need to:

  • meet diverse health and accessibility considerations
  • encourage inclusivity and resilience
  • reflect our changing climate
  • be designed with the wellbeing of the resident in mind, even if their needs change over time.

If you work in the design, planning or development of homes and communities, support social housing delivery, reside in or near social housing, or just have an interest in design and the way we live in Queensland, we want to hear from you.

Read Housing Matters, A QCompanion discussion paper on social housing design (PDF, 2.9 MB) and share your thoughts on priority issues and essential ingredients for good housing.

Your feedback will inform the delivery of new social housing guidance material and demonstration projects for the Queensland Government.

  • Priority issues

    Housing design does not always prioritise people's needs
    New housing does not reflect the diverse needs of residents and changing lifestyles.

    Poorly located housing can have a negative impact on people's wellbeing
    Poorly located housing, with limited access to services and daily amenities can have a negative impact on people's health and wellbeing.

    We need greater housing variety to support our growing and ageing population
    We need more examples of well-designed new housing typologies that respond to the requirement for densification and Australia's housing needs.

    The provision of a good external environment is often undervalued and/or value managed out
    The economic benefits of landscape and its contribution to community health and wellbeing is not valued in the design and development process.

    Designs don't always prioritise comfort and everyday living
    Residents' comfort and their practical needs at home are often lost in the design, delivery and construction process.

    Housing is rarely designed to be future proof
    Housing development is not being designed to respond to the rapid innovations changing the way we live, work and commute, for example, electric and driver-less vehicles, and work from home opportunities.

    Private market housing is not being harnessed enough to meet social housing targets
    Misalignment between social housing requirements and private housing product is preventing its use in meeting social and affordable housing targets.

    Up-front cost is often prioritised over whole of life costs
    Minimising up-front cost is prioritised over robustness, minimised maintenance and running costs. This increases long-term expense to owners, residents, society, the economy and the environment.

    Quantity is often prioritised over quality
    The critical need to meet demand and deliver more housing can lead to quantity of housing delivered taking priority over good design.

    Good design is often considered to be too expensive
    Some people believe that good design adds to capital cost without adding value. This can limit opportunities for a diverse range of housing design professionals contributing to better housing outcomes.

    Competing stakeholder and project tensions can affect good decision making
    The need to balance competing stakeholder and project tensions can affect decision making and impact the quality of housing outcomes.

    Lack of continuity in the project team may result in a poor design outcome
    This affects the continuity of design decision making and impacts the quality of housing outcomes.

    Restrictive design requirements can stifle innovation
    Restrictive design requirements can stifle the innovation needed to provide quality housing outcomes and accommodate diverse housing needs.

    Complex and overlapping layers of guidelines and regulation can cause confusion
    Housing quality can be affected by complex layers of overlapping guidelines and regulation that cause confusion.

  • Essential ingredients

    Be a good neighbour, make a good neighbourhood
    Well-designed homes are part of a community, they respond to and enhance the qualities and identity of an area, including the adjacent sites, streets, neighbourhood character.

    Make homes safe
    Well-designed homes increase residents’ sense of safety, offer privacy and improve quality of life for all.

    Make homes resilient
    Well-designed homes are resilient places, they provide a sense of long-term stability and security for residents and can be repurposed in response to changing social, economic and environmental influences.

    Make homes affordable
    Well-designed homes are affordable to live in and are cost effective to build and maintain.

    Make homes accessible
    Well-designed homes improve lives, they are adaptive to diverse resident needs, are inclusive and provide opportunities to bring people together.

    Make homes practical
    Well-designed homes make basic daily activities easy, and seamlessly integrate infrastructure for services.

    Make homes comfortable
    Well-designed homes are places where people want to live, they are adaptable to resident’s lifestyle requirements and comfortable throughout the year.

    Make homes green
    Well-designed homes provide residents with opportunities to directly access nature, they engage with and add to the quality and quantity of green space in an area.

    Make homes healthy
    Well-designed homes support healthy behaviours and make active healthy lifestyles easy.

    Make it happen
    Well-designed homes are delivered through design leadership, effective engagement with communities and continued collaboration through a well defined process.