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Disability Discrimination Act 1992

Supplier: Platform Lift Company
29 January, 2010

One of the most influential pieces of Federal government legislation.

One of the most and influential pieces of Federal government legislation concerning disabled access is the Disability and Discrimination Act 1992, which aims to remove physical barriers and improve access for all to public buildings.

Disability Discrimination Act 1992
One of the most recent and influential pieces of Federal government legislation concerning disabled access is the Disability and Discrimination Act 1992, which aims to remove physical barriers and improve access for all to public buildings.

This legislation is now mandatory. Every new building to be constructed and those receiving upgrades or refurbishment, must comply with the DDA provisions of independence, equality and functionality, so read on to see how The Platform Lift Company can help you!

How does it affect your business?
It is estimated that one in five people in Australia (3,958,300 or 20.0%) had a reported disability (ABS 2003) yet it is only in the last 5 years that provisions for a sufficient level of accessibility have been made, post the Sydney Olympics of 2000.

The 1992 Disability Discrimination Act was the first of its kind to call for gradual improvements in the way that the owners and property managers of public buildings achieved equal access for all members of the public.

All public access buildings must now comply with the DDA. This includes Offices, Restaurants, Public Buildings, Shops, Leisure Facilities, Educational establishments, Places of Worship, Nursing Homes and Public Transport.

Improvements to access to upper floor levels, multi-levelled surfaces, and items that may be too high to reach for the wheelchair user, are all examples of issues that need to be addressed.

Service providers now have an obligation to make reasonable adjustments to their premises to overcome physical barriers.

People who design, build, own, manage, lease, operate, regulate and use premises already have responsibilities and rights under the DDA. The DDA states that failure to provide equal access is unlawful, unless to do so would impose an unjustifiable hardship.

To learn more about disabled access platform lifts and stairlifts visit www.platformliftco.com.au or call one of the friendly team on 1300 884 960