The Talk:

This one hour talk discusses the current building and disability legislative requirements relating to access for people with disabilities in buildings. This is an introductory session on the topic and is suitable for architectural graduates, building surveyors, building inspectors, project managers, facility managers and anyone responsible for planning or supervising building works.

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:

Topics discussed will include:

  • Disability awareness and terminology
  • An overview of the legislative framework
  • The Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act
  • Disability Standards
  • State Building Act and Regulations
  • The relationship between Commonwealth and State legislation
  • The National Construction Code & Building Code of Australia
  • Exemptions and Concessions
  • Compliance options (Performance Solutions and Deemed-to-Satisfy)
  • Case studies
  • Question time

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 buildings and premises.