About us

A call for a centre for universal design was made at the inaugural Australian Universal Design Conference held in Sydney in August 2014. There was much support for this idea, both by speakers and by delegates. At the 2nd Australian UD Conference held August 2016, an announcement was made about the establishment of Centre for Universal Design Australia Ltd as a not for profit entity. The next steps are to attract funding to implement the goals of the organisation. Meanwhile we continue to maintain the clearinghouse of information on the website and produce a weekly newsletter of the latest web posts. Plans are underway to develop online training for universal design, and to host our next national conference in 2018.

The Directors of the Board are: Dr Phillippa Carnemolla, Dr Lisa Stafford, Ms Queenie Tran, Prof Philip Taylor, and Dr Penny Galbraith. The founding directors are Mr Nicholas Loder, Ms Sally Coddington, and Dr Jane Bringolf. 

People who wish to support the aims and goals of the organisation are invited to become members, sign up to the latest web posts, and follow us, like and share on Linked In,  Facebook and Twitter. We need to show potential funders that the community is behind us. 

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Vision and Mission


Vision: Our vision is to live in a world where everyone can participate in all aspects of social and economic life.

Mission: Our mission is to be the leading body on universal design that will:

  • Position Australia at the forefront of best practice in universal design
  • Bring diverse groups together for the common purpose of social and economic inclusion
  • Promote the social and economic benefits of universal design
  • Gather and share knowledge and experience about designing universally

We seek to operationalise the concept of inclusion across design disciplines and policy development in five key ways: resource provision, education and training, policy and practice, research, and a community of practice. Specifically:

Resource provision

  • Be a resource centre for the general public, advocacy organisations, industry, commerce, and health sectors
  • Act as a clearing house to bring together the work of individuals and organisations to maximise resources, disseminate information, prevent duplication and identify gaps

Education and training

  • Provide education programs, assist the design disciplines develop inclusive design curricula, and run practical training programs
  • Increase understanding of the benefits of universal design within the population

Policy and practice

  • Develop standards and guidelines to assist in the practical application of universal design principles within individual disciplines and sectors
  • Provide input into public policy, strategies and plans at all levels of government


  • Support innovative research programs relating to social and economic inclusion

Community of practice

  • Encourage and foster cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary work
  • Provide information via various formats including newsletters, website, social media, fact sheets, conferences, and seminars
  • Link with similar centres overseas and be a platform for international connections
  • Set up special interest groups (industrial design, built environments, ICT, etc)