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1 Australian Building Codes Board Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010 Awareness Seminars

2 Areas to be covered Why Premises Standards Development process Premises Standards –Objects –Scope –Exceptions and concessions –Review Schedule 1 - Access code for buildings

3 Learning outcomes Participants will be able to: Understand the reasons for developing the Premises Standards Understand who is responsible for ensuring compliance Describe the scope and triggers for its application Identify the general exceptions and concessions that apply in specific circumstances Describe the requirements of the Access Code as it applies to specific Classes and areas of buildings

4 Snapshot of areas of change Areas of change: –A number of new areas of access requirements to those currently in the BCA –A number of improvements to access provisions already in the BCA –A number of improvements to technical Australian Standards referenced in the BCA –A number of State and Territory building regulation changes being considered

5 BCA application Performance requirement Alternative Solution Deemed-to-satisfy – including Australian Standards

6 Why a Premises Standards Inconsistencies between DDA and BCA DDA unclear about compliance levels Complaints not delivering systemic change Inconsistent response from industry Broad industry and disability community call for greater surety and clarity

7 Long term goals Achieve systemic improvements in access for public buildings Give as much surety as possible Achieve consistency between DDA and BCA Ensure Standards are consistently applied Improve over time Guidelines and FaQ

8 Development Process BAPC and Technical Working Group ABCB consideration of BAPC advice (2005) Advice to Ministers (2005-2006) RIS National seminars Targeted consultation Aust. Gov't requests development of proposal (2001) Public consultation (2004)Report to ABCB Directions Report and National Seminar Series (2001)

9 Development Process (cont.) Proposals tabled by A-G and referred to L&CA Committee (Dec 2008) Inquiry established and public hearings conducted (March-April 2009) Tabling of Premises Standards (March 2010) L&CA Committee report “Access All Areas” released (June 2009)

10 Premises Standards Legal application –Objects –Scope –Exceptions and concessions –Review

11 Objects To ensure that dignified, equitable, cost effective and reasonably achievable access to buildings, and facilities and services within buildings, is provided for people with a disability, and To give certainty to building certifiers, building developers and building managers that, if access to buildings is provided in accordance with these Standards, the provision of that access, to the extent covered by those Standards, will not be unlawful under the Act

12 Scope Applies when a building approval is required for Specified Class 1b buildings and Class 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 buildings for: –A new building –New work on or extension to an existing building and any affected part of an existing building Also applies to new Class 2 buildings that include short-term rent units When an application for building approval is made after 1 May 2011 (or when building work begins for Crown projects if no approval)

13 Scope Affected part: –Applies to existing buildings undergoing new work –Requires a continuous accessible path of travel from the principal entrance to the new work –Only applies if building applicant is the owner or the lessee if they occupy the whole building


15 Scope Specified Class 1b is: –New Class 1b building with 1 or more bedrooms used for rental accommodation –Existing building with 4 or more bedrooms used for rental accommodation –4 or more dwellings on same allotment and used for short-term holiday accommodation

16 Scope Limited at this stage to those issues covered under the access provisions of the BCA Does not cover, for example: –Some fit-out and wayfinding issues –Management and staff practices –Existing buildings where no new work Areas not covered by Premises Standards still subject to DDA complaints

17 Emergency Egress Compliance with the BCA emergency egress provisions is compliance with the Premises Standards (A2.4) Subject to further work with a view to future changes Reliance on emergency management plans

18 Responsible parties Standards apply to: –A building certifier –A building developer –A building manager … to the extent they are responsible or have control over the building

19 Multiple responsibilities

20 Public Transport Buildings (H2) Transferred from the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport Provides requirements for passenger use areas of public transport buildings and timetable for compliance of existing buildings Where there are differences between deemed-to- satisfy requirements of other parts of the Access Code and deemed-to-satisfy requirements of Part H2 then Part H2 takes precedence

21 Exceptions and concessions Unjustifiable hardship (UH) –Standards cannot account for all situations so law requires retention of UH provisions –Must comply to maximum extent short of UH –Factors for consideration in Part 4 are guidance –Decisions of State or Territory body appointed to make recommendations on access matters are relevant considerations

22 Exceptions and concessions Lessees - affected part not required to be upgraded if one lessee undertakes work Lift concession – today’s BCA of 1100mm by 1400mm for lifts travelling more than 12m Toilet concession – today’s BCA provisions relating to existing accessible toilets apply

23 Commission exemption power Limited to transport buildings under H2

24 Review Review must be completed within 5 years of commencement of Premises Standards Explanatory Statement identifies specific areas to be included in review undertaken by Minister for Innovation in consultation with A-G

25 Further information The Australian Human Rights Commission is developing a Guideline on the application of the Premises Standards which should be available towards the end of 2010. Further information can also be obtained through the Resource tab at the bottom left hand side of this webcast screen.

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