Accessible Buildings Guide for Builders and Developers

The introduction of the Disability Access to Premises – Building Standard in 2010 and subsequent changes to the Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards has seen significant change in the legislative requirements for access to new and upgraded buildings across Australia.

Promoting access to buildings, facilities and services ensures that all residents can move throughout the community and undertake a range of activities associated with life. Great access increases the opportunities for people with disability, people with limited mobility, parents with prams, shoppers with trolleys or heavy packages to access buildings and the goods and services provided in the community.

For builders and developers this requires a commitment to ensure that what is built meets all legislative and regulatory requirements and consideration has been given to who might be using the building or property into the future.

The Building in Whitehorse: Understanding Obligations and Promoting Access publication ( PDF 2.09MB) will ensure that all residents, businesses, contractors and developers have an overview of the legislated requirements with regard to:

  • Councils role in planning and building
  • Understanding legislation such as:
    • Building Codes of Australia
    • Disability Discrimination Act 1992
    • Disability Access to Premises – Building Standards 2010
    • Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006
    • Australian Liveable Housing Design Guidelines
  • Maintaining access and protecting Council property and amenity.