Welcome to Centre for  Universal Design Australia website

The aim of universalising design is to create a more inclusive world. Universal Design, as an endeavour in its own right, is being used internationally as a vehicle for bringing about wholesale change in design thinking throughout the design process so that all people are considered regardless of age, capability, or background.

Universal design is a design concept not a design product. The principles of universal design can be applied to concrete things like products, buildings and open spaces, to intellectual activities such as designing learning programs, and to conceptual things such as policies and practices.


Notice of Annual General Meeting

CUDA’s First Annual General Meeting has been set for Friday 17 November 2017. It will be held at 280 Pitt Street, Sydney from 10:30 am. The AGM will be preceded by a short speaking program featuring CUDA Directors. The official proceedings will commence approximately 11:30 am. Non-members are also welcome.

Members will be informed officially of the meeting in due course. Why not become a member? Membership is $25.00 and you can sign up using your credit card or bank transfer. Your membership helps the cause of creating a more inclusive world.


How useful is this newsletter?

Head and shoulders pic of Jane. She has blonde hair and is wearing glasses, and a bright blue jacket. She is smilingDear Subscribers, if you find this newsletter useful and informative please let me know. I mention the website and subscribers when writing submissions and promoting Centre for Universal Design Australia. I will not quote you personally – rather this is to gather collective evidence to support funding submissions. So if you like the newsletters and find them useful, please send me your comments in the form below, or email me Your support is very much appreciated! 

You can also let me know how I can improve the website or newsletter, but bear in mind that I am a self-taught operator utilizing free software. So I might be limited in what I can achieve.

Jane Bringolf, CUDA Chair and newsletter editor.


Become a member!

Show your support for Centre for Universal Design Australia and the cause of social and economic inclusion by becoming a member.

Your membership contribution will help show the widespread support and interest in Universal Design that exists across Australia and globally. It will also support us to maintain the website and regular newsletters.

Join now and you will be paid up until 30 June 2018. The membership fee is $25. 

You can pay your membership by using your credit card through the PayPal gateway using the button link below. If you don’t have a PayPal Account scroll down to the credit card payment option on the PayPal site.

You can also pay by bank transfer to:

  • Account Name: Centre for Universal Design Australia Ltd
  • Bendigo Bank: BSB 633-000
  • Account Number 157441700

You can find out more about the organisation, its aims, and current Board of Directors by going to the About Us page on the website.

Help us create a more inclusive world!


Centre for Universal Design Australia Ltd

Ger Craddock at the lectern with the captioning screen behind himAt the close of the inaugural universal design conference in 2014 there was a call from delegates to set up a centre for universal design in Australia. In the final panel session  “Where to from Here”, Ageing and Disability Commissioner The Hon Susan Ryan spoke passionately for it, along with other members of the panel. Kathryn Greiner AO, Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing, also added her support. This website was the first step.

The second step was to set up a not-for-profit organisation. That step has now been completed with the minimum three founding directors. There are five more positions on the board to be filled and the call for expressions of interest is now open. People passionate about universal design in all its forms are invited to submit. There will be two main tasks for the board: to oversee the governance of the organisation, and to seek funds and support. All tasks will need to be carried out voluntarily by board members until such time as we can employ staff. To be clear, there is no money as yet for travel for face to face meetings. The number and timing of meetings and operational tasks will be decided by the board members once they are appointed. The call for expressions of interest will close 12 September 2016. 

An announcement about the establishment of the Centre and call for expressions of interest will be made at the 2nd Australian Universal Design Conference on the afternoon of 31 August 2016. 

For more about selection criteria and other information download the document in Word or download in PDF. Please feel free to circulate through your networks.

Picture shows Dr Ger Craddock, Chief Officer, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design in Ireland speaking as a member of the final panel session.

Jane Bringolf, Editor