Designing an accessible workplace

Premises

Employers are obliged to provide ‘dignified access’ to workplaces under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010.

Providing dignified access means designing your physical environment for people with disability, to make your workplace a navigable and welcoming environment for everyone.

Have you done a Dignified Access review?

The quickest way to find out whether you’re providing dignified access is to ask us to do an Access and Inclusion review. We’ll give you an overview of your workplace’s accessibility and help you comply with the law.

Learn about dignified access

The quickest way to find out whether you’re providing dignified access is to ask us to do an Access & Inclusion review. We’ll give you an overview of your workplace’s accessibility and help you comply with the law.

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Australian Standards The Building Code of Australia and Federal Disability Standards legislation both refer to Australian Standards for access.
Building Code of Australia A state-based code governing building regulations in Australia.
Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010 The legislation defining the requirements for disability access to premises.
Review of the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010 The Federal Government’s response to the first five-yearly review of the Access to Premises Standards.-based code governing building regulations in Australia.
‘Design for Dignity Premises Standards Review Summary’ A summary of the impact of the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010 Review by Jason Barker, principal of AND’s consultancy partner Design for Dignity.
Australian Human Rights Commission Guideline on the Application of the Premises Standards A guideline by the Australian Human Rights Commission explaining how the Premises Standards apply to new and upgraded public buildings.
Design for access and mobility Part 4.2 (PDF) A Standard for creating a built environment that is legible to all people, especially those with low or no vision.

Workplace adjustments

Workplace adjustments are a key part of creating accessibility, and often involves only small changes in different areas of your operations. See also Make workplace adjustments.  

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Bringing Walgreens to Woolworths’ webinar

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AND Director Kevin Figueiredo, GM of Safety, Health and Wellbeing at Woolworths Limited, shares his insights into Walgreens’ world-renowned inclusive employment model.
Keys to an accessible and inclusive workplace

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JobAccess General Manager Daniel Valiente-Riedl explains workplace adjustments that improve accessibility, financial assistance available, how to apply through JobAccess, and the importance of an effective Reasonable Adjustments Policy.

Workplace committment

These resources will help you to develop inclusivity and accessibility for your employees and your customers. See also Accessibility Action Plan.

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