Centre for Universal Design Australia made a submission to the Senate inquiry on the Delivery of Outcomes under the National Disability Strategy to build inclusive and accessible communities. The submission (No. 76) is now public and available on the Australian Government website. The key points were:
- Attitudes to people with disability and older people have not shifted far enough to create an inclusive society.
- Current planning laws and processes do not guarantee inclusive performance or outcomes.
- The needs of people with disability and older people are treated as “add-ons” in designs instead of being considered from the outset. Consequently, more rules and regulations are needed so that designers can offset their lack of understanding.
Australian Network for Universal Housing Design also made a submission (No. 1) which is on the the Australian Government website. 92 submissions to this inquiry are publicly available.