The Premises -Standards
The Disability (Access to Premises – buildings) Standards 2010 (the Premises Standards) commenced on 1 May 2011. These are commonly referred to as the Premises Standards and are a Disability Standard, residing under the legal framework of the DDA.
The purpose of the Premises Standards (and corresponding changes to the Building Code of Australia and state and territory building law) is:
- to ensure that dignified, equitable, cost-effective and reasonably achievable access to buildings, and facilities and services within buildings, is provided for people with disability, and
- to give certainty to building certifiers, developers and managers that if the Standards are complied with they cannot be subject to a successful complaint under the DDA in relation to those matters by the Premises Standards.
The introduction of the Premises Standards will lead to widespread and important improvements in the accessibility and safety of all new and upgraded public buildings in Australia. These changes will improve the opportunities for people with disability to participate in and contribute to the economic, cultural, social and political life of our community as equal citizens.
They will also help in creating a more sustainable built environment capable of responding to our changing circumstances and family and community needs.
Any building permit application for a new building or upgrade of an existing building will trigger the application of the Premises Standards.
The Premises Standards includes Schedule 1 Access Code, which essentially mirrors the prescriptive technical requirements for compliance outlined in BCA Part D3, Clause E3.6 and Clause F2.4.
The Australian Human Rights Commission has issued Guidelines on the application of the Premises Standards to assist in their implementation.
A copy of the Premises Standards can be downloaded from the Australian Government Federal Register of Legislation.