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Disability Discrimination Act 1992

The Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA.) provides protection for everyone in Australia against discrimination based on disability. Disability discrimination happens when people with a disability are treated less fairly than people without a disability. Disability discrimination also occurs when people are treated less fairly because they are relatives, friends, carers, co-workers or associates of a person with a disability.

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Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010

The purpose of the Premises Standards is to ensure dignified, equitable access to buildings, facilities and services and to give certainty to building certifiers, developers and managers that if the Standards are complied with they cannot be found to be unlawful under the DDA. Any building permit application for a new building or upgrade of an existing building will trigger the Premises Standards.

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Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002

The DDA seeks to eliminate discrimination, as far as possible, against PWD and public transport is a service covered by the DDA. The purpose of the DSAPT is to enable public transport providers to remove discrimination from public transport services. DSAPT applies to all operators and conveyances they use to provide public transport services. They also apply to providers and supporting premises and infrastructure.

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A list of applicable terms and phrases used in Access Standards and legislation.
They are listed in alphabetical order.
These have been sourced from a number of Australian Standards, International Standards, Disability Standards, the Commonwealth DDA, Building Code of Australia and ABCB handbooks.
Use the “Find” on this page function in your web browser to find key words you are searching for.

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Disability Standards for Education 2005

The Education Standards provide a framework to ensure students with disability can participate in education on the same basis as other students. The Standards do this by clarifying the obligations for education and training providers and for students with disability. The Standards set out a process to ensure students with disability are provided opportunities to realise their potential on the same basis as other students.

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Victorian Building Act 1993

The Building Act 1993 governs building activity in Victoria. It sets out the legislative framework for the regulation of building construction, building codes and standards and the maintenance of specific building safety features. The objectives of the Act are to protect the safety and health of people who use buildings and places of public entertainment and to enhance the amenity of buildings.

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Guidebooks and Handbooks

There are a number of guidebook and handbooks available for reference when developing accessible building design solutions. These are discussed on this website. Over the coming months, we will be adding more helpful resources under this section.

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