Understanding Disability Access Provisions - Criterion Industries

August 04, 2017

What is the AS 1428.1-2009?

AS 1428.1-2009 was referenced and authorised by the Building Code of Australia (BCA) and the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA). It guides architects and builders to deliver minimum design requirements for new building work to enable unimpeded access for all visitors and occupants regardless of physical or sensory impairment. 

AS 1428.1-2009 was developed to ensure 90% (5%-95%) of disabled people have equitable, independent and dignified access to premises. The standard protects people with the following recognised disabilities:

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Psychiatric
  • Sensory
  • Neurological
  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical disfigurements and diseases.

AS1428.1-2009 Access Overview

What does AS 1428.1-2009 focus on?

By law architects, builders and installers need to comply with AS 1428.1-2009 and ensure new buildings are designed with unimpeded access.

AS 1428.1-2009 outlines building access requirements throughout:

  • Entrances and exits
  • Walking surfaces
  • Doors
  • Ramps
  • Stairways
  • Landings
  • Handrails

  Requirements of AS 1428.1-2009

AS 1428.1-2009 outlines specific design requirements for all new building work, driven by the philosophy of delivering the greatest level of access to the greatest number of people. Particular focus is given to providing:

  1. Continuous accessible paths of travel and circulation space for use of wheelchairs;
  2. Access and facilities for people with ambulatory (i.e. movement) disabilities; and
  3. Access for people with sensory disabilities.
To comply with the AS 1428.1-2009, three key factors must be addressed for each access point:
  1. Luminance contrast;
  2. Spatial dimensions;
  3. Operational force (or force required to open/close door).

To assist architects in complying with AS 1428.1-2009, Criterion Industries has a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) presentation worth one CPD point.

Treat your staff to lunch on us while they listen to an entertaining and insightful presentation on the three key factors that must be addressed for each access point.

Criterion will travel to your workplace, providing lunch and a free CPD presentation at a time that is convenient for you and your staff.

If you’d like Criterion to present our CPD module at your workplace contact us to request a booking.

Check back on our blog next Friday for Part Two in Understanding Disability Access - Luminance Contrast.


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