Access

Local government works towards creating accessible local networks for all people in the community to maximise their quality of life and wellbeing.

We work with councils to help them meet their responsibilities under the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and the NSW Disability Inclusion Act (2014) and to promote accessibility to the wider community.

We support the development of housing options that meet the needs of people with a disability so they can stay living in their local community. 

Access to Premises

The Disability (Access to Premises - Buildings) Standards 2010 (Premises Standards) commenced on 1 May 2011. These standards mean that buildings must comply with regulations under the Building Code of Australia. New buildings or those undergoing significant refurbishment or alteration must be made accessible, unless giving access would impose an unjustifiable hardship.  Building designers, builders, owners, lessees and users of premises also have responsibilities and rights under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

Accessible Bus Stops

The Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (DSAPT) require all transport infrastructure (including bus stops, ferry wharves) to be fully accessible by 2022. Councils are responsible for some of these facilities. The provision of fully accessible bus stops may reduce the risk of potential claims to the Australian Human Rights Commission and demonstrates a council's commitment to providing liveable communities. Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (DSAPT) require all transport infrastructure (including bus stops, ferry wharves) to be fully accessible by 2022. Councils are responsible for some of these facilities. The provision of fully accessible bus stops may reduce the risk of potential claims to the Australian Human Rights Commission and demonstrates a council's commitment to providing liveable communities.

Pedestrian Access and Mobility 

Councils have a responsibility to provide safe, convenient and connected pedestrian routes, which encourage people to walk rather than use their cars. Many councils prepare Mobility Maps (PDF, 870KB) which identify safe walking routes in their area. Roads and Maritime Services offers several funding programs for NSW Councils to assist them.  

Universal Housing 

Universal housing refers to homes that are practical and flexible, and which meet the needs of people of different ages and abilities over time. A universally designed home generally avoids barriers that may discriminate against people living in or visiting the home. Universal housing is designed to be useable by most people over their lifetime without the need for major adaptation or specialised design. 

Access Consultants

Access consultants provide advice on access to the built environment for people with a disability.