Second review of the Premises Standards 2010: survey

Closed 30 Nov 2020

Opened 8 Sep 2020


We’re reviewing the Disability (Access to Premises – Building) Standards 2010.

The purpose of the Premises Standards is to make sure:

  • people living with a disability and their family members, carers and friends have equal access to public buildings
  • building certifiers, developers and managers fulfil their responsibilities to people with disabilities under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992

The Standards:

  • apply to new buildings
  • apply new work like renovations on existing buildings
  • could apply to an existing building
  • cover common areas of apartment buildings
  • don’t cover people’s homes

The National Construction Code contains these Standards. The code makes access requirements mandatory, and state and territory regulators can enforce them. The Australian Human Rights Commission can also investigate and resolve complaints of unlawful discrimination on disability grounds.

Why we are consulting

The law says we need to review the Premises Standards every 5 years. This is our second review and we’re in the discovery phase.

We want to hear from anyone affected by the Premises Standards. We want to understand if the Standards are working as intended and where we could improve them.

You can be:

  • someone with a disability
  • a family member, carer or friend
  • a disability advocate
  • in the building industry
  • from government or local council

Your initial feedback will help us work out what to focus on in our review..

Later we’ll ask for more detailed feedback on a discussion paper. You’ll have ongoing opportunities to comment.


All of the information and supporting materials you need to have your say are available on this page.

Download an Easy Read guide below.

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Ways to engage

We want to make it easy for you so here are some ways to have your say.

Take the online survey

We ask several open questions about your knowledge of the Premises Standards and experience with disability access in buildings. We give you prompts to guide your thinking. These questions are optional and you can choose not to answer them. Instead you can make a general comment.

Upload a video, audio or written submission

The online survey lets you skip the questions and just upload a file.

Send your feedback by email or mail

If you are unable to participate online, download the Offline survey form below.

Fill in your response and email the form to

Or mail the form to:

Premises Standards Review Team,
Industry Growth Division,
Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources,
GPO Box 2013, CANBERRA ACT 2601

Talk to our team on the phone

Our team is available to hear your feedback by phone. Call 02 6213 7674.


  • People with disability
  • Carers of people with a disability
  • Disability advocates
  • Building developers, building owners, building managers
  • Accessibility consultants
  • Building certifiers
  • State, territory and local governments
  • Anti-discrimination organisations


  • Building and Construction
  • Disability Access
  • National Construction Code
  • Disability Discrimination Act