This thesis examines an innovative housing type - cohousing - and its possibilities for addressing current housing problems in Australia. The cohousing concept is explored, the social issues identified, and an outline of the hurdles that early groups faced in realising their scheme is presented. Current housing trends in Australia are identified and a brief exploration of the history behind Australians’ use of dwelling is also undertaken. It is apparent that current housing options do not meet the needs of the majority of Australians and that it is desirable for other options to be made available. Cohousing is one such option that has, up to this point, shown itself to be flexible enough to adapt to suit the environment is which it is employed, while maintaining its general philosophy.
Cohousing may prove itself as an ideal housing option in Australia, and as it evolves certain procedures for dealing with extraneous factors will become apparent. This thesis further examines some of the areas where hurdles may be encountered. In respect of the historic information on cohousing, areas such as finance, planning and building approvals, and neighbourhood conflicts are addressed. Although specific problems will arise in these areas and be different for each group, this thesis acts as a primer - its intention is to high-light general areas of concern and provide insight into the types of hurdles that an ordinary participant may face.