The Talk:

This one hour talk discusses the disability access requirements for Class 1b buildings, including rooming houses, boarding houses, bed & breakfasts, small student accommodation buildings and holiday cabins.

In 2011, building and disability legislation changed to require most Class 1b buildings to include accessible features for people with disability.

This workshop discusses these requirements and aims to help landlords and small businesses operating rooming houses, best and breakfasts, student accommodation etc., to understand their obligations.

The Presenter:

Presented by Lee Wilson, a disability access consultant with Melbourne Access Audits. In early 2018 he was appointed as a volunteer Subject Matter Expert (Disability Access) by the Australian Building Codes Board. Lee has been actively campaigning for a universal design approach in buildings for several years and published numerous articles, a guidebook and a white paper on accessible egress concepts.

Workshop Content:

The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Disability awareness
  • Applicable legislation:
    • Disability Discrimination Act 1992
    • Premises Standards
    • Building Regulations 2018
    • Building Code of Australia
  • The definition of a ‘Class 1b’ building
  • What constitutes a ‘Specified’ Class 1b building
  • Accessibility requirements in a Class 1b building
  • Example bathroom layouts
  • Existing building upgrades
  • Council Building Notices & Orders
  • Compliance options (Performance Solutions and Deemed-to-Satisfy)
  • Case studies and 15 minutes for questions.

Who should attend?

This seminar is suitable for people of all backgrounds and professions. It is designed as an entry-level introduction to the concept of accessibility in relation to Class 1b buildings and premises.