Disability Access NCC 2019 

 Wed 19th February   2020
Karstens Conference Centre, 4 National Circuit , Canberra 
1.30pm - 4.30pm  

Arrival 15 mins prior 

ADEB Price : $220pp
Normal : $350pp​
Certificates of Attendance and afternoon tea provided 

Who Should attend? 
Building Surveyors, Architects , Design Managers, Consultants, Suppliers 

The NCC 2019 Amendments 


The NCC 2019  Volume One to be adopted on 1st May includes various amendments which are considered necessary for the effective application of the Code. Updates relevant to access for people with disability will be discussed as below.

  • New verification Methods DV2 and DV3 relating to accessible paths of travel and ramps

  • Accessible locations for push buttons (where provided) at exit doors (D2.21)

  • Amendment to D3.5 to clarify how an accessible parking bay is treated for smaller developments

  • Signage concession addition for sanitary facilities within Class 9c aged care buildings (D3.6)

  • Reference to a sole occupancy unit in a Class 1b building corrected to refer to a bedroom instead under D3.6

  • Sentence case’ has been corrected to ‘title case’ when referring to the format to be used for tactile characters on Braille & tactile signs under Specification D3.6

  • A double up clause has been removed under D3.9 regarding the representative nature of Wheelchair Seating Spaces and Specification D3.10 relating to the entry gradient in a swimming pool

  • ‘Sanitary towels’ has been replaced by ‘sanitary products’ (F2)

  • Requirement for Adult Access Change Facilities in certain shopping centres, sports venues, passenger use areas within public transport buildings, museums, art galleries & theatres

  • AS 1428.1: 2009 Amendment No. 2 has been referenced. Amdt 2 relates to width between ramp handrails under Figure 14 of the Standard

  • AS 4586 Amendment No. 1 has been referenced for slip resistance for pedestrian surfaces


 Accessible adult change facilities in Public Buildings 2019 ;  



An Accessible adult change facilities allow people to enjoy the day to day activities many of us take for granted’ and is considered best practice under the DDA. This may include people with an acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, motor neurone disease and their carers, as well as many other people with a disability.

People with high support needs and multiple learning disabilities, as well as other serious impairments such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or an acquired brain injury, often need extra facilities to allow them to use the toilets comfortably. ‘Accessible Adult Change Facilities’ and ‘Changing Places’ toilets are different to standard disabled/ accessible toilets with extra features and more space to meet these needs.

Understand these changes and how it impacts your design and certification borate on the above 




 Expert Judgement ; Performance Solutions


Where physical criteria are unable to be tested or modeled by calculation, the opinion of a technical expert may be accepted. This is referred to as the use of Expert Judgement, that is, the judgement of a person who has the qualifications and experience necessary to determine whether a Building Solution complies with the Performance Requirements.

The use of ‘Expert Judgement’ when assessing a Performance Solution in regard to disability access can leave practitioners open to potential claims under the DDA.

The Premises standards do not state that ‘Expert Judgement’ is an unsuitable method of assessment, however it does state that to achieve compliance with the relevant Performance Requirements, the performance solution must be comparable to the ‘Deemed to Satisfy’ provisions.

This presentation will discuss assessment methods and how to avoid a breach of the Premises Standards and exposure to a potential claim under the DDA.



Stair Nosing Compliance & Legal Ramifications 

This presentation will cover ; 

What are the prescriptive Requirements for Nosings?
AS 1428.1:2009 Design for access and mobility Part 1: General requirements for access —New building work ;

11.1 Stair Construction 

What is the 10mm Front Extension?


What is a compliant strip? 

Understand Ramifications for Individuals

  • the apartment’s architect,

  • the building surveyor,

  • the building inspector,

  • the developer, and

  • the building manager

Specialist disability accommodation 

Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) refers to accommodation for participants who require specialist housing solutions to assist with the delivery of supports that cater for their extreme functional impairment and/or very high support needs. SDA does not refer to the support services, but the homes in which these are delivered. SDA may include special designs for people with very high needs or may have a location or features that make it feasible to provide complex or costly supports for independent living.

This presentation will cover ; 

  • What is SDA? 

  • What Buildings are suitable for SDA? 

  • How to design for SDA? 

  • Ensuring that your design meets SDA

Delegates requiring CPD should contact the administrator of their scheme to find our how many points the Seminar is worth.
Learning Outcomes are included in all Certificates along with content and Technical BIO of the Speakers