On 2 December 2008, the Federal Government tabled the draft Disability Discrimination Act Access to Premises Standards (Premises Standards).
“With these proposed Premises Standards, we have a chance to address the long history of inadequacy in the way we have designed and constructed our buildings, which has left much of our built environment inaccessible to a significant sector of our population,” Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes said. “These Standards are our chance to make our public buildings accessible to everyone.”
The draft standards were developed by the Australian Building Codes Board and the Australian Human Rights Commission to make public buildings more accessible for people with mobility, vision and hearing impairments. The standards aim to improve disability access by clarifying building requirements for owners, managers and developers.
Submissions to the inquiry are being sought from disability and building industry representative bodies, state, territory and local government organisations, people with disability and other members of the public.
Submissions addressing the terms of reference should be emailed or posted to the Committee by 13 February 2009. Public hearings for the inquiry are likely to be conducted in March 2009.
For background information, including the full terms of reference, please visit the inquiry website or contact the Committee Secretariat on (02) 6277 2358.
Equal Opportunity Commission of South Australia
Last updated: 17.12.2008