Disability Access Seminar  

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  • ‘Sanitary towels’ has been replaced by ‘sanitary products’ (F2)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



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 (Brief) 

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
Next Seminar  :  15th May 2020 
Specialist Disability Accommodation 1 day 
Mantra on Northbourne
 84 Northbourne Ave, Canberra ACT
8.30am - 4.30pm 
Cost $650pp early bird 


About the Seminar 

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), soon to be spending more than $20,000 Million per annum on disability services for over 460,000 people across Australia, is creating huge opportunities (and challenges) for housing development. 

This includes but extends beyond the development of an additional 14,000 places of Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) that is being commercially and recurrently funded by the NDIS.

Seminar attendees will be introduced and provided with the knowledge on how to successfully specialist disability accommodation for People with a Disability to assist them to allow them to be a part of society as a whole.

Who should attend? 

  • Architects

  • Building Surveyors

  • Investors

  • Investment advisors

  • Developers

  • Supported Independent Living Providers

  • Builders

  • Law firms

  • Design Managers 

Space is  limited.......don't delay and book today  .

CPD Certificates of Attendance provided for Building Professionals 

What is SDA? 

On 28th October 2019, Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert, released the Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Design Standard - landmark guidelines that will spur a new era of housing construction and enhancement for Australians with disability. The SDA Design Standard will guide architects, builders and the community as they look for new and better ways to build specialist housing for people with disability.

These guidelines, released together with the SDA Innovation Plan and the Limited Cost Assumptions Review, put participants at the centre of the design approach. They will make it easier for eligible participants to access high quality specialist disability housing, while also providing much-needed certainty to the market. 

When the SDA market reaches full coverage the NDIS is expected to assist 28,000 Australians with disability through SDA - representing 6.1 per cent of NDIS participants. It is anticipated the total annual payments for SDA is expected to be approximately $700m per year.




Joseph Connellan

  • NDIS Housing Landscape

  • Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA)  Overview and Roles

  • SDA Price and Payment 

  • SDA Current State of Play and Trends  

  • SDA Reviews and the Innovation Plan

  • SDA Demand

  • Key SDA players

  • Collaboration with Supported Independent Living (SIL) providers


Bruce Bromley

  • Understanding the SDA Categories

  • Understanding building types & classifications

  • SDA categories and Building Code of Australia

  • Site selection

  • Site density

  • Participants per residence

  • Minimum features required to achieve SDA certification

  • Steps to achieve certification

  • Is town planning or a development application required?

  • Building certification

  • Fire safety

  • Home automation & Power backup

  • Building conversions to SDA


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As one of the co-authors of the new NDIS specialist disability accommodation design standards and accredited disability access and egress consultant (ACAA #MN187) Bruce is well placed to present the technically complex provision of SDA in an easy to understand seminar presentation.

Bruce is the founder and Managing Director of the Equal Access Group of companies and has extensive experience in the development of universally accessible built environments including retail, hospitality, public transport, healthcare, education, aged care, residential, industrial as well as external environments. 


Co-Author SDA Design

Standards &

Managing Director

Equal Access Consultants

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Joseph Connellan who has 30 years' experience in developing and delivering improved services, especially in housing and disability services. He has been CEO for a number of not for profit organisations including Supported Housing Limited, the then-largest NonGovernment disability housing company in Australia. 
For the last 10 years, Joseph has been advising Government and Non-Government agencies around Australia through his consultancy firm, MC Two Pty Ltd., on housing, disability services, health and not for profit governance.



MC Two Pty Ltd