The Federal Government has now tabled draft Disability Standards for Access to Premises.
The standards are designed to align property owners’ responsibilities under the Disability Discrimination Act with their compliance obligations under the Building Code of Australia.
In doing so, the ‘Premises Standards’ will provide greater certainty for building owners and for people with disabilities.
The draft Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards have been referred to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, along with the Regulatory Impact Statement and other papers, for consultation and report to Parliament in the first half of 2009.
The Property Council of Australia and Shopping Centre Council of Australia are currently reviewing the latest standards, to ensure they are reasonable, achievable and cost-effective.