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!  

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Access to Premises Standard and existing buildings

A Westpac bank branch in NSW country town. It is a large old two storey house with steps to the entranceMichael Small’s Churchill Fellowship report tracks and compares discrimination laws and industry practice in relation to public buildings. He questions whether the control of the Access to Premises Standard is falling more into the hands of industry as Human Rights Commission resources are becoming increasingly constrained. Three of his recommendations are: that more training is needed for industry to help them understand the standards; more flexibility is needed for building upgrades; and better systems are needed for compliance enforcement and auditing. The title of his report is, Ensuring the best possible access for people with disability to existing buildings that are being upgraded or extended. The countries visited and compared are Canada, United States of America, Ireland and United Kingdom.