In compliance with the mandates of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) for buildings, infrastructure, public realm, and other spaces, CHSA’s advice ensures to provide equity of experience for everyone who is going to use a building or facility. With other frameworks in mind such as the Australian Standards for disability access, Principles of Inclusive and Universal Design, we assess with the goal to constantly improve the everyday lives of people with disabilities.
Integrating accessibility into your business means more than making sure you offer a wheelchair access. Apart from utilizing a full suite of audit tools and demonstrating understanding of the functional spaces for people with disabilities, CHSA audits public buildings and facilities, commercial property, and open space with reference to:
- Australian Standards
- Regulatory codes, and
- The intent of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) as it applies to built form, landscaping, and pedestrian zones.
We also make comprehensive reports with referenced and prioritized recommendations.
Performance Assessments and Solution reports:
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Following the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the Premises Standard, we assess a building by expertly evaluating how access is provided. We validate this by providing reports and identifying recommendations referenced to relevant codes and legislation, including clear and robust justifications in the support of alternative proposals for older existing infrastructure and heritage buildings that do not comply with the latest standards and codes.
Plan review and reporting – Desktop Reviews for compliance and functionality:
How accessible is your workplace? To identify potential problems early and avoid derailing project timelines and budgets, CHSA undertake architectural desktop reviews of design documentation to deliver clear, articulated reports to help you understand compliant spaces, focusing on:
- Functional needs of people with disabilities.
- Compliance requirements.
- The intent of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).
- Universal and Inclusive Design principles (where applicable).
Desktop audits can be undertaken through all stages of larger projects or prior to construction for smaller projects. This helps ensure that the design meets the needs of people with disabilities, legislated documentation, and the intent of the DDA.
Design and Construction Advice for public spaces
Accessibility matters even in public open spaces, streetscapes, pathways, and other public infrastructure. CHSA also assists in the design and construction of public spaces to be functional and accessible to all users.
We have expertise working with multiple stakeholders including engineers, landscape architects, planning bodies, placemaking consultants and local authorities. When advising safe transit and pedestrian access to a range of public and civil spaces, we take a collaborative approach, and we make sure that the DDA intent and the Universal and Inclusive Design Principles are always considered.
Major Events – Accessibility Planning:
Accessibility is good for business. Festivals and events that are accessible for people with disabilities will not only be more successful in terms of attendance rates, but it will also provide you with increased economic benefits. By attending to the varying needs of all individuals, festival planners and coordinators are creating more opportunities for everyone to join in as participants.
CHSA also aids festival coordinators and planners to meet the accessibility requirements of all members of the community in planning festivals, concerts, and other events. Our advice is not only limited to entering and moving around the event, but as well as in providing information about the event, travelling to the event, accessing goods and services, using facilities, obtaining further assistance and emergency management to ensure equitable access.