Inspiration can be found in a wide variety of situations. This American example started in one of the smallest places a 33 sq ft dumpster. It is now one of the better examples of Tiny House design around.
This is a new development in WA but apparently is happening in QLD & elsewhere. The price of land is still relatively expensive but if planned well can help first home buyers who prefer lower maintenance with nearby facilities like parks etc.
This TEDx talk was recorded last March in Brisbane. Lara Nobel along with her partner Andrew Carter are the founders of the Tiny House Company & here she explains why they went along this path. They both come from an architectural background. Lara actually quit her architecture career to do a carpentry apprenticeship which she also completed last year with a Queensland Apprentice of the Year award. They have also had a legal victory with Brisbane City Council over the definition of their Tiny House which occurred in early November just after their daughter Charlie was born. The video is 10 minutes long.
http://tinyhouseswoon.com/uhu/ This is Boston’s approach. There are other examples such as IKEA’s flat pack design for refugee housing done in conjunction with the UN. There are a variety of different approaches around the world which can become part of the Australian approach too
I have read other articles on the experience of people overseas with this option some also have a combined living/ workspace! Back when I was a uni student living in one of the colleges on campus 30+ years ago it was a lot more affordable.