Accessible adult change facilities: New amendments to NCC
With the implementation of NDIS to better ensure social inclusion and equality for people with disabilities, both profound and complex, the Australian Building Codes board (ABCB) amended the NCC to require the construction of separate accessible adult change facilities (AACF) in public buildings including shopping centres and other public assembly buildings. Active Medical have welcomed the updates, as the Allied Health workers we work with, often comment about facilities in public places, like Shopping Centres, Sporting Arena’s and Theatres, not having adequate amenities.
A Regulation Impact Statement for Decision has been released. It reads as follows:
In November, the ABCB agreed to amend the NCC to require the construction of separate accessible adult change facilities (AACF) in public buildings including shopping centres and other public assembly buildings. Amendments to the NCC will be available to preview from February 2019 and will come into effect from 1 May 2019.
AACFs are sanitary facilities with additional features to assist people with more profound or complex disability who are unable to use standard accessible facilities independently. NCC 2019 will require the construction of AACFs in the following public buildings:
• New or redeveloped shopping centres with a design occupancy greater than 3,500,
• New museums, art galleries and theatres with a design occupancy greater than 1,500,
• New stadia with a design occupancy greater than 35,000,
• New indoor aquatic facilities with a main pool area perimeter exceeding 70m, and
• All new or redeveloped airports.
The Decision RIS discusses the quantitative and qualitative impact of economic and social inclusion for people with disability and their carers as a result of improved accessibility and mobility in these public buildings. The RIS also discusses how the amendments to the NCC and Premises Standards will assist Australia to meet its obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and its international obligations with respect to dignity, equality and independence.
The Decision RIS has been assessed by the Office of Best Practice Regulation as compliant with the COAG RIS requirements.
Please note this was sourced from www.abcb.gov.au. For the full details and downloads, please refer to https://www.abcb.gov.au/Resources/Publications/Consultation/Accessible-adult-change-facilities-in-public-buildings