St Michaels is excited to introduce a new way of living for people with disability – Assistive Technology Smart Homes. Construction of 14 unique buildings is well underway, with homes ready to move in to by November 2020.

One of the first examples of this kind of development in Launceston, the homes are a leading example of how “smart home” technology can help to improve the lives of people living with disability. Tablet and voice automated TVs, heating, curtains and doors allow residents increased independence and convenience, while fully disability compliant hoists and lifts built into the ceilings enable residents to age in place. Other features include height adjustable kitchen benchtops and bathroom vanities, and moveable walls to convert homes from 4 bedrooms into two individual 2 bedroom units.

The design is a culmination of a consultative approach. St Michaels Association CEO John Gilpin sought information from mainland states and platinum standards design, and worked alongside ARTAS Architects, staff and participants, “…the design was ultimately guided by our participants – the end user, who let us know their needs and wants”.

The result is a range of homes that are adaptive to the varying needs of residents. Set on landscaped grounds at St Michaels’ Newstead site, the development includes; two, 2 bedroom homes that are designed for high needs people with accessibility issues, two 3 to 4 bedroom ‘Supported Independent Living’ (SIL) group homes, where one staff member and three participants reside in smart adaptable housing, as well as nine 1 bedroom Independent Living Units (fully disability compliant), that are ready for assistive technology to be installed.

“The Association has built an extraordinary portfolio of accommodation options for Tasmanians living with their disability and these exciting new homes are the capstone of everything STMA has learned.’  John Gilpin said.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the Assistive Technology Smart Homes is encouraged to contact John Gilpin on (03) 6331 7651 or email

For more information on the accommodation options that St Michaels Association offers click here.