WHA97_485_AUSTRALIA1A group self-build scheme established by the government of Victoria, Australia to help lower-income families have access to decent housing at low cost. Government provides initial finance for land, building materials, tools and training. 600 homes have been completed to date. Families work in groups of fifteen on the construction of each others’ houses for periods of up to 12 months. Participants must contribute 20 hours of labour a week, normally at nights and weekends. At the end of construction a range of loan options are available to the self-builders to buy their homes (total cost of $75,950 of which $11,867 is sweat equity).


State/regional government, local community