Tips And Tricks For Inclusive Design

Updated: Jan 16



How can I ensure my project is inclusive and accessible?

Notes from the accessibility CPD 2017 – Francis Lenny – DDA Consult


Understand the hierarchy that exists in regards to accessibility legislation.

  • Client requirements (specific project brief)

  • Federal (including Disability Discrimination act)

  • State (Including NCC, BCA nominally parts D3, E3.6 and F2.4)

  • Council (DA provisions)

Tips for accessible design

  • Engage early with design team and stakeholders to ensure a compliant path of travel can be provided to/ from the property boundary.

  • Stairs/ ramps must be set back, so that handrails will not protrude into the traverse path of travel.

  • Include margin for error when documenting ramp/ walkway design.

  • Door design should incorporate 920 mm door leaf, door circulation space.

  • Ensure the Statutory Signage requirements are met (BCA Part & Specification D3.6 & AS 1428.1 Clause 8)

Key design elements – Class 2 building

  • Pedestrian access is required from the property boundary to the building entries

  • Typically there is no requirement to provide accessible parking

  • Access is required to and within common areas (rooftop terrace, refuse disposal)

  • Access is required to the front door of apartments on levels served by a lift or ramp

  • Minimum corridor width of 1540 mm preferred

  • 850 mm door opening & 30% luminance contrast between door / wall elements.

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