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REIQ Journal : March 2010
Balance, Wealth and International Real Estate Convention 2010 Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Sunday 15 & Monday 16 August 2010 Queensland's Real Estate Conference for agents, principals and industry professionals MORE REWARDING, REAL VALUE FOR MONEY Meet and hear the success secrets from some of Australia and New Zealand's leading Real Estate Practitioners right here in Queensland :- Peter Huang, James Tostevin, Amber Werchon, Wayne Ihaka, Wendy Alexander, Mathew Gross, Tom Panos, Chris Hanley ORDER TODAY GREAT SAVE UP TO $200 Early bird rates to 15 March 2010 Visit BWIREC website www.bwirec.com.au or call BWIREC team on (07) 3373 9892 for further information or to register CORPORATE PARTNERS: ACCESS FOR PEOPLE with disabilities to both public and private buildings will improve signi cantly under the new Access to Premises standard being considered by the Federal Government, according to an industry expert. Blythe -- Sanderson group director and access consultant, Andrew Sanderson, said the Federal Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) enacted in 1993 had been a signi cant step forward for people with a disability, but the new standards set to be implemented this year would make an even greater di erence. "Access for people with disabilities, particularly access to public buildings and the goods and services o ered within them, is a major issue. The new standards which will probably be announced this year, with the access code also included in the Building Code of Australia in 2011, will see signi cant improvements". Mr Sanderson said the new standards were not squarely aimed at wheelchair users or people with mobility issues, but covered all people with a disability - physical, cognitive and sensory. Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed one in ve people had some form of disability. "In terms of mobility and people with disabilities, there are more than 500,000 people or 2.6 per cent of the population who require the use of a cane, walking frame or stick, crutches, manual or electronic wheelchair, scooter, specially modi ed vehicle or other mobility aid," he said. Mr Sanderson said the Access to Premises standard will apply to all new and existing public buildings and is likely to also incorporate access to and within the common areas of residential buildings. He said the standard's provisions will apply in their entirety to new buildings inclusive of new parts to existing buildings. Areas to be covered will include accessible car parking, signage, hearing augmentation, wheelchair seating spaces, swimming pool access via ramps, aquatic wheelchairs and lifts, general ramps and landings, stairs, glazing on access ways, lift installations, sanitary facilities, accessible showers and public transport facilities. "There is a large amount of uncertainty which exists for both building owners and for people with a disability. "Building owners, developers, designers and the like have been unable to clearly determine their obligations under the DDA. "In addition people with disabilities have been unable to fully participate in the community given the variance, inconsistency and in many cases inadequate amenity o ered across public buildings. "The new standards will go a long way towards rectifying that." New building standards to make it easier for people with a disability REIQ Journal March 2010 18 Industry Practice