There are specific Australian standards and compliance legislation that applies to built spaces, ensuring that these areas are accessible to people with a disability. These standards can vary depending on several factors, including the type of building class as well as the type of vision, sensory, or mobility disability that is being accommodated.
What is AS1428 in Australian standards?
The AS1428 is the minimum design standard for new and existing buildings, ensuring building accessibility for people with disabilities. These standards primarily look at wheelchair access ways and their ability to move around the space — the underlying assumption is that creating room for the vertical and horizontal space occupied by a standard wheelchair will benefit all users of the space. Using access standards can be helpful, as they set out the minimum dimensions for circulation spaces and ramps, and for the placement of structures and fixings.
What are the AS1428 standards?
The specific list of sections for AS1428 standards includes:
- AS 1428.1-2009 — This is the general requirement of designs for access and mobility, encompassing new building work.
- AS 1428.2-1992 — This is the enhanced and additional requirements of designs for access and mobility, encompassing buildings and facilities.
- AS 1428.3-1992 — This is the enhanced and additional requirements of designs for access and mobility, encompassing the requirements of children and adolescents with physical disabilities.
- AS/NZS 1428.4.1:2009 — This is the design for access and mobility that would provide the means to assist the orientation of people with vision impairment, such as tactile ground surface indicators
- AS 1428.5-2010 — This is the design for access and mobility that would provide the means to assist with communication for people who are deaf or hearing impaired
These building standards include the design and location of accessible bathrooms, the inclusion of hand and grab rails, the use of tactile flooring, the gradient of ramps, and more. They are all designed with the intention of making spaces equal access for those with and without disabilities.
What are the requirements for disabled toilets in Australia?
Accessible toilet requirements are listed in the NCC and are mandatory for any new public builds. If other toilets are provided, one accessible toilet must also be provided. It must also exist in the same or similar location as the other bathrooms. There are specific standards as outlined in the AS1428 for within the bathrooms themselves, including hoists, toilet pan layouts, grab rails, circulation spaces, automated sliding doors, and slip-resistant flooring. It is important to make sure all these requirements are met for a truly accessible and compliant disabled toilet.
The objective of the AS1428 standards is to provide guidance on the minimum design requirements to enable access for people with disabilities. It is important to make sure your building or venue is compliant, to ensure it is accessible for all patrons. These standards are continually reviewed as there is always scope to include a greater range of disability concerns and environmental settings to any access standards.
At Placeable Solutions, we are AS1428 compliant and keep up to date with all changing legislation to ensure we continue to meet Australian standards. Contact us today to speak to our experienced team and let us provide solutions for your accessible bathroom challenges.