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Application of the access standards for buildings

Workshop 1

Disability Access to Premises Standard Training

The main focus of this session is the application and interpretation of the current disability access standards that relate to buildings.

The key access-related legislation includes:

  • Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA)
  • Commonwealth Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010 (Premises Standards)
  • Commonwealth Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards)
  • Building Code of Australia (BCA)
  • Access-related Australian Standards – AS1428.1 (access provisions), AS1428.2 (enhanced access provisions), AS/NZS1428.4.1 (tactile warnings), AS/NZS2890.6 (car parking), AS1735.12 (lifts) and AS4299 (adaptable housing).

This session delves into the many of specific access provisions and aims to outline:

  • Better understanding of the new access provisions
  • Understanding the relationship between the Commonwealth and State access provisions
  • Application of the current access standards to existing buildings- heritage considerations, change of use, ‘new part’, ‘affected part’ and the various concessions for existing buildings
  • Responsibilities under the current access standards
  • Insight into some of the common pitfalls and difficulties in applying the new access provisions
  • Insight into the intent of the new access provisions
  • The gaps with the current access standards and risks under the DDA.

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