ABCB Practitioners’ Resource Kit

Front cover of the resource kit. Blue background with white text. Four pictures: tactile markers, toilet sign, colour contrast on step nosings, and a doorwayThe Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) in 2017 released a resource kit for meeting disability access requirements. While this is not about universal design in concept, accessibility forms part of universal design solutions. The kit is extensive (12MB file) and the website has instructions on how to use it. The kit, Disability Access: What Practitioners Need to Know, should be read in conjunction with the National Construction Code. Free access is available to this document.

Editor’s Note: While disability access features are not yet mandated within a private home, the adoption of level entries, wider doorways and hobless showers are useable by all and good for ageing in place. If features such as these are beneficial for everyone in the public environment they should be good for homes as well.