Review of the Premises Standards (2010)

Closed 15 Jun 2015

Opened 17 Apr 2015

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The Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010 (‘Premises Standards’ or 'Standards') came into effect on 1 May 2011. The Standards aim to provide people with disability with dignified access to buildings and provide certainty to industry it is are complying with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

The Standards apply to new buildings, covered by the Standards, since 1 May 2011. They do not apply to buildings built prior to 1 May 2011, unless the building undergoes building work, such as an extension or modification, which requires building approval. In this case, the Standards apply to the new part and an affected part of the building.

As stated in the Premises Standards, every five years the Minister for Industry and Science, in consultation with the Attorney-General, must review the effectiveness of these Standards in achieving their objectives and identify any necessary amendments.

A discussion paper (127.6 kB (Office Word 2007 XML document) or (207.4 kB (PDF document) outlining key issues has been published and contains useful information to assist your submission.

Why We Are Consulting

The Department seeks the views of interested people or organisations on the issues outlined in the discussion paper including:

  • Requirements for building features (accommodation buildings, accessible sanitary facilities, 80th and 90th percentile wheelchair dimensions, locking off lifts, swimming pools, accessible carparking, public transport buildings, wayfinding, emergency egress);
  • concessions, exemptions and exceptions (small building exemption, lessee concession, unjustifiable hardship);
  • Interaction of the Premises Standards with state and territory regulation; and
  • Inconsistencies in the interpretation and application of the Premises Standards.

Your views on the issues will help inform the Department’s understanding of the effectiveness of the Premises Standards in achieving their objectives of providing people with disability with greater access to public buildings, and providing certainty to industry it is are complying with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

What Happens Next

The Department is currently examing submissions to the Premises Standards' review and drafting the review’s report for Ministerial consideration and public release by 1 May 2016. Please check back at the Premises Standards Review webpage for further updates.


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


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