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The Accessibility Needs and Challenges of Strata Residents

This research examined the accessibility needs of people living in strata dwellings and the challenges that can be faced by strata residents in having home modifications undertaken in their properties, with a focus on the Leichhardt Council area. The research reports on:

  • Home modification needs identified by strata title residents and peak body representatives.
  • Existing policy and legislation relating to the process of undertaking home modifications in strata titled properties.
  • Challenges in undertaking home modifications and opportunities for change identified by strata title residents and peak body representatives.

The research is based upon interviews with Leichhardt residents, professionals and peak body representatives and a desk-based review of relevant existing policy and legislation.

While the focus of the research is on the Leichhardt Council area, many of the findings are directly relevant to other parts of New South Wales. The research is also of interest to other states and territories in Australia, all of which have similar systems of property ownership (strata and community title).

The final report and associated information sheets are available by clicking the links below.

Home Modifications in Strata Properties: Final Report

Organising home modifications in strata properties in NSW: Information sheet

Home modifications approvals in strata properties in NSW: Flowchart


Easthope H; van den Nouwelant R, 2013, Home Modifications in Strata: Final Report, City Futures Research Centre, Sydney,