Reference to apartment accessibility is the last item in the list of design considerations in this latest guide from Victoria. However, it is a good reference with technical advice. Victoria requires 50% of apartments to have as a minimum:
- A clear door opening of at least 850mm at the entrance and main bedroom
- A clear path of 1200mm between entrance and main bedroom, bathroom and living area
- A main bedroom with access to an accessible bathroom
- At least one accessible or adaptable bathroom
There are more design details about bathroom design and minimum room dimensions with floor plans. It also has a section on how to interpret the Standard. The document can be accessed through the landing page of the government website or you can download the document directly.
It is frustrating that such documents go through all the design considerations and then put accessibility at the end. The document takes the familiar route through the design considerations starting with siting. As a case in point, siting may well impact on accessibility.
Still a way to go in terms of thinking inclusion first and building designs around that. Nevertheless, this is another well laid out document taking the reader through all the necessary steps.