Universal Design: Revolution or Evolution? A breakfast event

Flyer picture of three Barangaroo towers with the title of the event.CUDA and Lendlease have organised a breakfast event at Barangaroo in Sydney. Three great speakers, a light breakfast and networking all for just $10.

Jason Barker, Principal, Design for Dignity, will discuss how universal design was embraced during the development of Barangaroo. Chris Veitch, Access New Business (UK) will bring his international experience of inclusive destinations and tourism and the development of Visit Britain website. He will be fresh from the UD Conference in BrisbaneFiona Morrison, Commissioner Open Space and Parklands, NSW Department of Planning, will talk about inclusively designing guidelines for inclusive playspaces. Annie Tennant, General Manager, Sustainability and Culture, Lendlease, will chair the event. Download the flyer or register to attend using the links below. Our thanks to Lendlease for their support for this event.

12 September 2018 8:00am to 9:30am

Register:  https://udaustralia.eventbrite.com.au

Enquiriesevents.udaustralia@gmail.com or call 0431 345 235 for access enquiries.


Thanks for your support

A tile showing all the logos of conference supporters.Thanks to all our conference supporters for promoting our upcoming conference. Is your association logo there? Perhaps you could get CPD points for attending.  Looking forward to seeing you all at the conference – only three weeks to go! 

For more detail and to register see the conference website. The theme is Home and Away: Creating inclusion everywhere. This is a conference for the people who make the decisions that create inclusion. So anyone involved in housing and built environment, destination planning, tourism and place making should come along. It’s a great program!

  • Two day registration is $675.00 + GST
  • One day registration is $400.00 +GST
  • Student registration is $350.00 + GST

Missed the earlybird rate? Email Jane udaustralia@gmail.com.

Logos include: ARATA, AIB, ANUHD, LGNSW, Philip Chun, SCAAN, RICS, ATDW, QAUHD, Touched by Olivia, SCAAN, University of Cambridge. Hosted by COTA Queensland and CUDA, and organised by Interpoint Events.


Constructing our World Conference 2019

Constructing our world conference bannerSave the Date for this Conference. How should we educate and train our builders for the future? Are our current systems keeping up with the demands of new technology? What might the buildings of the future demand of builders’ knowledge and processes? What are the politicians planning for our sector and how do the financiers see the future for building in our region?  The 2019 Constructing Our World Conference in Sydney will address these questions and more.  The organisers are planning two days of speakers and interactive sessions as well as time to enjoy the sights and attractions of beautiful Sydney. Builders, project managers, educators, students, government policy makers, suppliers and construction allied personnel are sure to enjoy and benefit from attendance at the conference.

There will be an extended program for international delegates which will include fringe events  as well as a welcome reception on the eve of the conference. Constructing Our World is an initiative in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Building, the New Zealand Institute of Building and the Singapore Institute of Building Limited.  

Save the date 18 – 20 September 2019. Expressions of Interest are being accepted now. 


It’s about the built environment

Square banner with conference date and theme, Home and Away, creating inclusion everywhere.And it about you! The 3rd Australian Universal Design Conference is focused on the built environment. That means anyone involved in planning, designing and building should come along. This conference is about all the people involved in creating built environments that everyone can use. The theme “Home and Away” says it all. Whether you are involved in housing, urban infrastructure, tourist destinations, heritage buildings, or transport facilities, this conference will have something of interest to you. Earlybird is closing 7 August.

With 30 speakers, including from UK, Canada and New Zealand, and from across housing, building, standards, tourism, transportation, local government, access consulting, architecture, planning, occupational therapy and research, there is something for everyone. An interactive eat and meet lunch activity, Table Topics, ensures you get the meet like-minded people and make the most of the event. 

Go to the conference website to register. One and two day registrations available.  See you in Brisbane 4 – 5 September!  

Keynote speaker presentation summaries and biographies

Concurrent speaker full abstracts and biographies

Latest program in Word including short abstracts, posters and Table Topics


Early Bird Closing 7 August

banner advertising the conference showing a city river scene and bridgeGet in quick for the earlybird registration for the 3rd Australian Universal Design Conference. We have an excellent line up of speakers. Apart from major keynotes Nicki Hutley, Amy Child and Chris Veitch, you can hear the latest from Kieran O’Donnell from the ABCB. His presentation will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Michael Small. Kevin Cocks AM will join Amy to talk about transport and also Chris Veitch to talk about tourism. Bill Forrester will make an appearance along with Nadia Feeney from the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse. Emily Steel, Thea Kurdi, Lisa Stafford, Penny Galbraith, Karen Fankhauser, and Margaret Ward all have exceptional topics to present. We are delighted to have Elise Copeland and Lorraine Guthrie from New Zealand and Thea Kurdi from Canada. And there is much more… check out the program, speakers and abstracts on the conference website and register.  See you in Brisbane!  

Keynote speaker presentation summaries and biographies

Concurrent speaker full abstracts and biographies

Latest program in Word including short abstracts, posters and Table Topics


Update: Australian Universal Design Conference

Square banner with conference date and theme, Home and Away, creating inclusion everywhere.We have an exceptional line up of international speakers covering the theme “Home and Away: Creating inclusion everywhere”. Chris Veitch is coming from UK to talk about recent developments in accessible and inclusive tourism. Nicki Hutley, who is a regular economics commentator on TV and radio, will cast an economist’s eye over both accessible housing and tourism. Transport expert Amy Child will give us some insights into future transportation. Plus we have Thea Kurdi from Canada, and Elise Copeland and Lorraine Guthrie from New Zealand sharing their experiences on the built environment.

We are delighted to have the Australian Building Codes Board represented. Kieran O’Donnell will bring us up to date on proposed regulations for accessible housing. Nadia Feeney, Kevin Cocks, Bill Forrester and Diana Palmer will also contribute to the “Away” part of the program. We can expect great case studies on architecture, accessible beaches, and Brisbane Airport as well as some interesting research papers on the key themes. Elizabeth Ainsworth and Michael Bleasdale will conclude the house and home theme with a home modification panel session with experienced builders. For more see the program, the list of concurrent speakers, and their abstracts. And there are just a few days left to do a 250 word abstract for an A1 poster. Early bird registration closes 7 August.


2018 Assistive Techology Conference

ARATA logoThe Australian Assistive Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association conference will be in Melbourne 14-16 November 2018. Three full days of evidence and practice-based sessions, discussions, posters and demonstrations, and much more. National and international keynote speakers, a breakfast session and trade display all make for a jam-packed event.

Universal Design and Assistive Technolgy (AT) are partners in the same quest – inclusion and participation for everyone. AAATE believes that UD (Design for All) and AT should be looked at as part of the same domain of knowledge, rather that deal with these as two distinct domains. Practitioners in the UD world focus on designs that are inclusive and enabling rather than excluding. However, UD is not the answer to everything and some people need individual solutions and specialised designs. The simplest example is a paraplegic needs both a wheelchair and a step-free entry. One is no good without the other. AT is now a major part of the NDIS and there is growing interest in this field

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Who’s coming to the conference?

Night scene over Brisbane river with bright pink upper case lettering saying Brisbane.Want to know who is speaking at the 3rd Australian Universal Design Conference? With the theme Home and Away: Creating inclusion everywhere the main themes are: house and home, getting out and about, tourism and travel. Architect Allen Kong will provide some great international case studies for both housing and tourism, and Margaret Ward, Penny Galbraith and Courtney Wright will get everyone up to date on the current thinking on accessible housing. We have great keynotes as well: Chris Veitch will make the trip from the UK to tell us what is going on in the tourism space in UK and Europe, Nicki Hutley from Deloittes will give us a run-down on person-centred economics, and Amy Child from Arup will take our thinking into the future of transportation. Plus we have Kieran O’Donnell from the Australian Building Codes Board, Bill Forrester from Travability, and Nadia Feeney from the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse. Liz Ainsworth and Micheal Bleasdale are organising a Home Modifications panel session. And there is much, much more in the program. You can find out more detail, speaker bios and abstracts on the conference website. And of course you can register – earlybird still open.

Conference banner with the call to register now.


Upcoming conferences

Aerial view of a crowded conference scene where the session has finished and people are standing, sitting and walking about.International Federation on Ageing Conference 8-10 August, Toronto, Canada

Aged and Community Services Australia National Summit, 3-5 September, ICC Sydney.

Universal Design & Higher Education in Transformation Congress, 30 Oct – 2 November 2018, Dublin Castle, Ireland.

Australian Assistive Technology Conference 14-16 November 2018, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

AAG Conference “Advancing not Retiring: Active Players, A Fair Future” 21-23 November 2018, Melbourne

ACAA Access Consultants National Conference, August 2019, Luna Park Sydney. Save the Date notice.


Speakers confirmed for the UD Conference

Square banner with conference date and theme, Home and Away, creating inclusion everywhere.All concurrent session speakers for the 3rd Australian Universal Design Conference are confirmed and you can now access their abstracts and biographies. The theme is Home and Away: Creating inclusion everywhere. The program is jam-packed with information and practical examples for house and home, for tourism, travel and getting out and about. Earlybird registrations available now.

Major keynote speakers are: Nicki Hutley, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics; Amy Child, Associate, Transport and Cities, Arup, and Chris Veitch, Tourism Consultant, Access New Business. Other keynotes are Nadia Feeney, Operations Manager, Australian Tourism Data Warehouse, Bill Forrester, Travability, and Kieran O’Donnell, Senior Project Officer, Australian Building Codes Board. Lenna Klintworth will be our Master of Ceremonies. Their biographies and presentation outlines will be available soon.

A special one hour interactive panel session on home modifications will be led by Michael Bleasdale and Liz Ainsworth. Specialist home modification builders will be part of the discussions. We will also have Table Topics during an extended lunch break on the first day. This allows everyone to get involved and a good way of networking. Want to showcase something – why not present a poster or a Table Topic?