20 Sep Does Your Building Comply With Australian Disability Access Standards?
If your building is used by the public, it needs to comply with Australian Disability Access Standards and you have a responsibility to ensure that the disabled can access the building and its facilities with ease.
Section 23 of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), which has been in place since May 2011, states that building owners have a legal obligation to comply with this Disability Standard. All new structures must be built with disability access, and any existing buildings that are renovated are required by law to include disability access features during the renovations.
Buildings that require non-discriminatory access options include:
- All commercial and industrial workplaces
- Apartment buildings of 20 or more units
- Aged care centres
- Education facilities like schools, colleges and universities
- Retail and wholesale outlets
- Financial institutions of all kinds
- Government offices
- Movie theatres
- Hospitals, clinics and doctors’ offices
- Stadiums and other public sports centres
- Gyms and health centres
- Lawyers’ offices
- Airports, bus stations and train stations
If you own or manage any of these types of building and have not installed disability access, you could find yourself breaching the DDA. Many landlords and businesses avoid investing in access options for the disabled because they believe the costs are prohibitive, but in fact, this isn’t true.
One of the most effective and cost-effective ways to ensure that your building complies with the DDA regulations is to install a platform lift. Here’s why you should consider a platform lift to enable the disabled to enter and navigate your building with ease:
- Minimal disruption and renovations are required.
Because they are so compact, platform lifts can be installed quickly and without disruptive and expensive renovations to your building.
- Can be installed inside or outside – or both
There are numerous types of platform lift on the market, some covered for outdoor use, some open for indoor use.
- They are safe
Safety gates can be installed to prevent any mishaps. Braille buttons and audible cues are available for visually impaired.
- They’re cost-effective
Compared with other types of elevators, platform lifts are very affordable. They don’t require much power either.
Ensuring that your building complies with DDA is not only about complying with the law; you should do it because it’s the right thing to do. Easy Living Platform Lifts can make your building accessible to every Australian. Contact us to learn more.