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The Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010 (Premises Standards) is legislation under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. They came into effect on 1 May 2011.

The Premises Standards:

  • ensure people with a disability and their family members, carers and friends, have equal access to public buildings (and facilities and services in those buildings)
  • set the requirements and technical specifications building practitioners must comply with when designing new public buildings (including common areas in apartments)

The National Construction Code contains these requirements, and states and territories enforce them.

The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology in consultation with the Attorney-General is required to review the Premises Standards every 5 years.

2020 Premises standards review

We’ve started the second review of the Premises Standards.

The review aims to:

  • check if the Premises Standards are achieving their objectives
  • identify changes to improve them

We expect to complete the review in May 2021 with improvements to the Standards.

Public consultation

The review will gather input through:

  • a discovery process to help shape the review and Terms of Reference (August to September)
  • consultation on a discussion paper and technical details
  • ongoing opportunities to have your say

During the discovery phase you can:

  • take a survey or make a general comment online
  • upload a video, audio or written submission
  • talk to our team on the phone
  • send your feedback by email or mail
  • access an Easy Read guide

Visit our Consultation hub to participate

Previous review

2016 Premises standards review

Read more

Read more about building and construction standards

Contact us

  • Email PremisesStandards@industry.gov.au
  • Phone 02 6213 7674
  • Write to us at Premises Standards Review Team, Industry Growth Division, Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, GPO Box 2013, CANBERRA ACT 2601

Last updated: 21 September 2020

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