Review of the Disability (Access to Premises - Buildings) Standards 2010 (Premises Standards)

In 2015-16, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, in consultation with the Attorney-General’s Department, conducted a review on the effectiveness of the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010 (Premises Standards) in providing access to buildings for people with disability.

The Premises Standards, which came into effect on 1 May 2011, aim to provide people with disability with dignified and equitable access to buildings, and provide certainty to industry that they are complying with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA).

Review Report

The review report was provided to the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science and the Attorney-General by the legislated date of 1 May 2016.

The review demonstrates that the Premises Standards have made some improvements in providing people with disability, dignified, equitable, cost effective and reasonably achievable access to public buildings. The key findings to emerge from the Review of the Premises Standards relate to:

  • improving connections between the Premise Standards, the National Construction Code and the Transport Standards;
  • improving understanding and awareness of the Premises Standards;
  • creating a coordinated approach to performance-related data collection; and
  • establishing a coherent governance structure for progressing reform of the Premises Standards.

The Review Report identifies six main recommendations, with 67 sub-recommendations, including 30 technical and editorial amendments.

Government Response

The Australian Government has now finalised its Response to the recommendations made in the review report.

The Government Response agrees to implement 21 technical amendments, increase awareness of educational and training materials, establish a data framework for collecting information and evidence across state and territory jurisdictions, and put in place a cohesive structure for progressing future reforms of the Premises Standards.

Historical information

Review discussion paper and Submissions

The following information is provided as part of the review’s historical record. The purpose of the discussion paper was to provide interested people and organisations with information on the scope of the review, to outline key issues for discussion and encourage interested parties to make a submission on the effectiveness of the Premises Standards.

Submissions in response to the discussion paper are available for viewing on the Consultation Hub.

Who can I contact if I have a question about the Review?

If you have any questions about the Review or the Government Response you can email PremisesStandardsReview@industry.gov.au.

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