Disability access to buildings

In May 2010 the Australian Government launched the Disability Standards for Access to Premises which sets out the minimum access requirements for people with a disability to publicly accessible buildings. The Disability Standards for Access to Premises and related documentation is available here.

Australian Building Code 1998 & Australian Standards

Standards may be available from TAFE and public libraries or can be purchased from Standards Australia to provide you with basic access standards for public buildings.

Disability Discrimination Act

Staff at the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission can advise you on your access rights under the law.

Home renovation service

The Archicentre in Hawthorn offers free advice on modifications, renovations and maintenance to home owners who are elderly or who have a disability.

Independent Living Centres

Occupational Therapists and other staff are available to offer advice at Independent Living Centres. Several publications on bathroom and kitchen design are available for purchase and samples of household fittings are displayed in the showroom. The showroom is open to the general public and located at 705 Geelong Road, Brooklyn.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

The Commission can assist you with the lodging of complaints about lack of access to individual buildings.