Granny flats & extended living

Updated: Mar 7, 2020

There is a looming future aged care housing shortage as Australia’s population is ageing,

with older Australians a growing proportion of the total population.


In 2017, 15% of Australians (3.8 million) were aged 65 and over. By 2057, it is projected

there will be 8.8 million older people in Australia (22% of the population); by 2097, 12.8

million people (25%) will be aged 65 and over (Source: AIHW).


There is currently a lack of adequate age care accommodation funded by the Australian

Government. And the rising cost of living makes saving for retirement a distant threat.

In anticipation of the future aged care housing shortage, the Federal Government has

pressed for both State and Local Governments to simplify the regulation of granny flat

construction on existing blocks of land with houses.


The regulations vary from state to state, all granny flats are required to conform to the

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