Govt moves to nationalise disabled access standards

  • December 10, 2008
  • Bruce Bromley

The Federal Government has introduced measures to Parliament to start the process of including disabled access standards to the national building code.

The standards will now be referred to a parliamentary committee, and the Government hopes they will be introduced by the middle of next year.

Attorney-General Robert McClelland says when the measures are adopted it will mean there is one consistent set of guidelines for disabled access to buildings.

He says it is an important step in removing discrimination against people with a disability.

“The premises standards will specify the type of access that will comply with Australia’s disability discrimination system,” he said.

“This in turn will help to reduce red tape by harmonising the requirements with the building code of Australia, which in turn is adopted by state and territory building laws.”