This page provides useful information relating to access to the built environment and Premise Standards. To navigate through the information use the menu on the left, this will then bring up the information and links
- Guidelines on Applications of the Premise Standards
- Australian Network for Universal Housing Design
- Access Consultants in Australia
- Access to Buildings and Services: Guidelines and Information
- Disability Standards for Access to Premises
- NSW Government, Planning policies for housing for Seniors and People with Disabilities
- Standards Australia
- The Good, The Bad and the Ugly - Design and Construction for Access
- Access Chart
Guidelines on Applications of the Premise Standards
Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes, released a guideline that will assist building professionals and those concerned with access to better understand how the Premises Standards apply to new and upgraded public buildings. The Disability (Access to Premises – buildings) Standards 2010 commenced on 1 May 2011.
The Guideline on the application of the Premises Standards is available online at www.humanrights.gov.au/disability_rights/standards/PSguide.html
Australian Network for Universal Housing Design
The Australian Network for Universal Housing Design is a national network of housing industry bodies, housing professionals, government professionals, designers, builders, researchers and home occupants who believe that the homes we build for today’s Australia should be fit for all of tomorrow’s Australians.
Visit their website for various publications and resources at www.anuhd.org.
Access Consultants in Australia
The Association of Consultants in Access Australia provides a comprehensive list of Access Consultants in Australia.
For more information, visit their website at www.access.asn.au.
Access to Buildings and Services: Guidelines and Information
If a person with a disability cannot get into your building or cannot access your goods or services they could make a complaint of discrimination under either State or Territory discrimination laws, or the DDA. The Human Rights Commission have provided information that may assist.
For more information, visit their ‘Access to Premises’ page on their website at www.humanrights.gov.au.
Disability Standards for Access to Premises
The Disability (Access to Premises-Buildings) Standards 2010 (Premises Standards) aim to ensure greater and dignified access to and use of buildings by people with a disability as well as to provide certainty to the building industry in meeting its obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.
NSW Department of Planning and Environment – Planning Policies for Housing for Seniors and People with Disabilities
The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has a number of policies relating to housing for seniors and people with disabilities, as well as links to resources for affordable housing.
For more information, visit their relevant page on their website at www.planning.nsw.gov.au.
The Standards Australia website provides information and access to the various standards which relate to access to premises.
Some of the Standards you may need include:
Design for access and mobility. Part 1: General requirements for access – New building work.
Design for access and mobility. Part 2: Enhanced and additional requirements – Buildings and facilities
Design for access and mobility – Requirements for children and adolescents with physical disabilities
Design for access and mobility: Tactile indicators
Interior Lighting – Safe Movement
Interior Lighting. Part 1: General principles and recommendations
Interior Lighting. Part 2.1: Circulation spaces and other general areas
Interior Lighting. Part 2.2: Office and screen-based tasks
Interior Lighting. Part 2.3: Educational and training facilities
Lifts, escalators and moving walks: Facilities for persons with disabilities
Parking facilities. Part 1: Off-street car parking.
To access the full list of standards, visit the Standards Australia website at www.standards.org.au.
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly – Design and Construction for Access
A look at 14 examples of the most common problems and misinterpretations in applying today’s Building Code of Australia (BCA) in the area of access. The good, the bad and the ugly shows in words and pictures why a thorough understanding and application of the BCA is vital to ensuring access.
The good, the bad and the ugly can be used as a self learning tool or used as part of a continuing education program, for example, in a Local Government Building Section or within an architects firm.
To view the publication, visit the Human Rights Commission website at www.humanrights.gov.au/publications/good-bad-and-ugly-design-and-construction-access-2008
This access guide was developed by the Australian Institute of Architects National Access Work Group, and it outlines useful information on minimum height and width to consider when planning wheelchair accessible spaces. These dimensions conform with the Disability (Access to Premises — Buildings) Standards 2010.
To view the chart, click here to download the PDF from the Australian Institute of Architects website.