Disability Access Standards

Disability (Access to Premises - Buildings) Standards 2010


These sets the minimum access requirements for people with a disability to publicly accessible buildings and services and facilities within buildings.

These Standards, created under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, makes public buildings more accessible for people with mobility, vision and hearing impairments. It has a widespread impact, changing building regulations for all new buildings and existing buildings undergoing significant upgrades. In addition to providing better access to buildings, the Premises Standards provide certainty to building certifiers, developers and managers that they are complying with their obligations under the Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

These Standards represent an important part of ensuring an inclusive Australian society that enables people with a disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.

The then-Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, said in 2010, this addresses “the long history of inadequacy in the way we have designed and constructed our buildings, which has left much of our built environment inaccessible to a significant sector of our population.”

These Standards help make public buildings accessible to everyone.

Guidelines on the application of the Premises Standards