The ACCESS 2017 conference was hosted by the Association of Consultants in Access Australia (ACAA) and held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on 18-20 October. We were fortunate to be able to attend the conference to meet Access Consultants from around Australia and further afield, and listen to a variety of speakers [...]
It is exciting to report that we attended the NSW Disability Access Inclusion Awards on 21 June 2017 as a nominee, and came away a winner! We were part of the Summer Foundation’s team as the access consultant, with MSM & Associates as the architect, Base Build as the builder and Connectability as the project manager for their [...]
The Premises Standards were first introduced in 2011 which saw some major changes to how building accessibility would be addressed. It was earmarked for a review within 5 years, and last week the Government released the details of this review and their response. Click the below links to read more: Review report and Government [...]
Designing a new dwelling to meet the Livable Housing Design Guidelines started on voluntary basis in the hope that industry and the public would recognise the benefits of doing so. However, with this moving very slowly, and Livable Housing Australia’s targets for voluntary uptake remaining unmet, there has been a significant legislative change, along with some other incentives introduced. [...]
This has been happening behind the scenes for some time which explains the quietness from our news page. Gradually, we will try to bring over our old articles for reference and will make a bigger effort to provide regular news to keep you up to date in the world of access!
With the BCA 2016 now implemented, the most notable update relevant to access for people with a disability is the change in terminology from Alternative Solution to Performance Solution. Essentially, this type of report, or solution, will consist of the same elements being that it addresses the performance requirements on a holistic and functional basis [...]
You might find it hard to believe, but it has been four years since the Premises Standards were implemented! A review is now underway with submissions invited and I encourage you to have your say. All the details can be found here including the discussion paper and inquiry report which identify some of the specific areas being [...]