AS 1428.1-2009: Design for access and mobility – General requirements for access – New building work
AS 1428.1 prescribes the minimum design requirements for people aged 18 to 60 years in new building work and is referenced in the BCA and Premises Standards.
Compliance with AS 1428.1 will to enable access for people with disabilities to and within a building. It covers such design areas as signage, floor surfaces, walkways, ramps, stairs, landings, handrails, doors, seating, toilets and showers.
Particular attention is given to –
(a) continuous accessible paths of travel and circulation spaces for people who use wheelchairs;
(b) access and facilities for people with ambulatory disabilities; and
(c) access for people with sensory disabilities.
NOTE: The Standard is based on data resulting from empirical testing of persons aged between 18 and 60 years and may not be appropriate when applied to persons outside this age range.
The dimensions stated in this Standard, relevant to the use of wheelchairs, relate to the 80th percentile wheelchair size and user (see Figure 1), except at the following locations where the 90th percentile dimensions are required:
(a) On an accessway, at the location of a turn greater than 60°.
(b) New accessible sanitary facilities.
(c) At doorways, including door width and circulation space.
The majority of the dimensions relevant to the 90th percentile in this Standard are based on the findings of research undertaken by J. Bails, 1983
A copy of AS 1428.1 can be sourced from the SAI Global website.