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Term Definition
Access and egress Means of entry and exit to a building.
Accessible When a public building or place is accessible it means people can easily move in, out and around the building or space. Accessibility may be limited by physical, sensory and informational barriers.
Access consultant A specialist consultant who is trained to identify potential accessibility issues and provide advice on legal obligations.
Access panel A panel of experts who provide guidance to builders and developers about unjustifiable hardship issues.
Bindi Maps A free mobile application that helps people find their way around indoor spaces that other navigation apps can't reach.
Blue Badge Map Worldwide map and database of accessible (Blue Badge) carparking spaces
Building certifier A person with responsibility for, or control over, the building approval process for a building. For example, a private certifier, building surveyor or local council.
Building developer A person with responsibility for, or control over, a building’s design or construction. For example, a property developer, property owner, building designer, builder, project manager or project lessee.
Building manager A person with responsibility for, or control over, matters in the Access Code that apply to the building, other than design and construction matters. For example, a property owner, property lessee, property manager or operational staff.
Disability advocate A professional that helps people who file for disability benefits, complaints and other disability-related matters.
Dispute resolution A way of resolving disagreements without bringing the issue to court. It is normally the first step in trying to reach agreement and minimise more problems.
Environmental sensitivities Adverse effects or chronic conditions in which a person has symptoms when exposed to low levels of chemicals, environmental substances or communication technologies (such as wi-fi).
Luminance contrast The difference in the amount of light reflected from a darker building element compared to a lighter building element.
Misalignment Incorrect arrangement or position in regards to design and implementation of policies.
Peak bodies Non-government organisations, associations or advocacy groups that lobby government and promote the interests of their members.
Procedural amendment A procedural amendment is the process by which the Premises Standards legislative amendments can be adopted into the National Construction Code outside its 3-year review cycle.
Regulatory impact statement A regulatory impact statement or assessment refers to the process of assessing regulatory proposals. 
Regulatory mechanisms Separate bodies, organisations and committees given responsibility by a government to ensure current coordination and implementation of regulations.
Terms of Reference (ToR) A document that establishes a board or committee and its authority for a delegated area of responsibility.
Unjustifiable hardship A burden on a person or business that would be excessive once all circumstances are taken into account.
Wayfinding Information systems that guide people through a physical environment and enhance their understanding and experience of the space.
Whole of journey The ability for someone to have a seamless journey from start to finish.