Melbourne Access Audits (MAA) generally follows the advice provided by our industry body, the Association of Consultants in Access Australia (ACAA) when preparing an audit program’s methodology and level of assessment. However, as a flexible and client-focussed firm, we can customise all our services to meet the needs of a client.

Levels of Assessment

In 2012, the ACAA released CATEGORIES OF ASSESSMENTS FOR ACCESSIBILITY A guide to the varying levels of analyses possible when assessing existing built environments for accessibility.

The Guide includes three levels of assessment:

  • Level 1 Appraisal Report – An indication of the probable level of accessibility.
  • Level 2 Appraisal with a limited detailed audit – An indication of the probable level of accessibility with a component of detailed auditing.
  • Level 3 Detailed Audit and Analysis – A highly detailed report of the level of accessibility, with all non-compliant features identified and catalogued with the explanation provided as to the basis for the particular finding.

Level 3 Detailed Audit and Analysis – This is our MAA Level 3 Access Audit.

Scope of Analysis:

  • 3.1 – Detailed Identification and cataloguing of all specific non-compliances with an explanation of assessment by reference to all relevant regulations/standards, supported by appropriate photographic and/or graphic material.
  • Example 1: Within an office building, there are a number of non-compliances in the door clear opening widths, door handles and luminance contrast. In this case, each door will be
    • identified in a register
    • described in some detail to assist in identification (using a door number, room number or position of the person working in the area
    • referenced to a photographic image
  • Example 2: Within a unisex accessible toilet on Level 32 of the building there are a number of non-compliances with the installation of fixtures and fittings. In this case, each issue will be
    • identified in a register
    • described in detail to assist in identification
    • measurements provided in the register
    • referenced to a photographic image
  • 3.2 – Application of a logical and systematic methodology to ensure that all individual non-compliances are identified and clearly reported

Outcomes:

  • MAA Level 3 Access Audit report outlining detailed recommendations for rectification works, or management of issues where physical rectification works may not be possible
  • Presentation of audit findings in a clear and detailed format, consisting of appropriate photographic references
  • Detailed recommendations for rectification works
  • Risk assessed for each identified issue
  • Applicable legislative reference provided for each non-compliance
  • Identification of opportunities to use a Performance Solution to accept some existing conditions in the building (possibly with reliance on management controls)
  • General advice to achieve compliance in all aspects of the relevant building and disability legislation.
  • General advice on best-practice and universal design recommendations

Please also consider completing our Access Audit Questionnaire Form so that we can contact you about your access auditing needs.

You can also upload your floor plans too.