1 May 2011
Australian Human Rights Commission announcement.
Building changes mean those once locked out now have
Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, said today
that 1 May 2011, the day the Disability (Access to Premises –
buildings) Standards 2010 commenced, would be remembered as the
day many people who had been traditionally locked out of public
buildings in our community were finally let in.
“The commencement of these Premises Standards is a momentous
event in our community,” Commissioner Innes said. “They
usher in significant changes to the way public buildings are designed,
constructed and renovated, which means greater safety and accessibility
for all Australians, whether they live with disability, are ageing
or simply experience difficulty entering and using buildings for
any other reason.”
Commissioner Innes said that for too long, a large sector of
our community had been locked out of public buildings that everybody
else could access freely.
The Premises Standards commenced today and herald the most important
and widespread improvements in building access Australia has ever
At the same time, changes to the Building Code of Australia were
also introduced which mirror and support the content of the Premises
Standards, ensuring consistency between the two.
“A newfound synergy between the Premises Standards and
the Building Code of Australia will ensure people with disability
will be more able to participate in and contribute to the economic,
cultural, social and political life of our community as equal
citizens”, said Commissioner Innes.
“More than 10 years in development, the contributions and
dedication of hundreds of people can finally be celebrated, from
building professionals to developers, from people in the disability
and ageing community to government workers at all levels”,
Commissioner Innes said.
Commissioner Innes said that the changes will benefit every Australian
and help to create a more adaptable and sustainable built environment
as we move into the future, capable of responding to our changing
circumstances and our family and community needs.
A Backgrounder, with more detailed information about the Standards
and their effect, is on the Commission website at: www.humanrights.gov.au/disability_rights/buildings/backgrounder.html