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Australian Standards

Australia boasts a world class Standards and conformance infrastructure which underpins and supports virtually every aspect of our everyday life.

A number of bodies comprise Australia's Standards and conformance infrastructure. These are:

  • The National Measurement Institute (NMI) 
  • Standards Australia Limited 
  • The National Association of Testing (NATA) 
  • The Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) 

Standards Australia was established in 1922 and is recognised through a Memorandum of understanding with the Australian Government as the peak non-government Standards development body in Australia. Through its memorandum of understanding with the Australian government, it is Australia's member of the two major international Standardization Organisations

  • The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 
  • International Electro technical Commission (IEC) 

Standards Australia are not part of the Australian government and do not make laws or regulations. They are not legal documents but many, because of their rigger, are called up into legislation by government and become mandatory and are often incorporated into legal contracts.

In Australia there are around 9,000 technical committee members involved in the Standardization process from Technical, business, academic, government and community backgrounds working closely with International and regional counterparts.

There are over 200 Australian Standards referenced in the BCA, and over 1000 more Standards indirectly referenced in the BCA

Australian Standard (AS 1428-Design for Access and Mobility)

The main Australian Standard that relates to the provision of Disability Access is AS1428 which should be considered in the planning, development and construction of all buildings and facilities.

Everyone has the opportunity to comment on a Standard under development. SAI Global is the distributor of Standards Australia's Australian Standards.

AS 1428 prescribes the requirements for physical access which should be considered in the planning, development and construction of all buildings and facilities. This Standard is referenced in the Access to Premises-Buildings) Standards, 2010, which generally align with the BCA and comprises 5 parts:

  • AS 1428.1:2001 and 2009  Design for Access and Mobility, General Requirements for Access-New Building Work.
  • AS 1428.2:1992  Design for Access and Mobility, Enhanced and Additional Requirements-Buildings and Facilities.
  • AS 1428.3:1992  Requirements for Children and Adolescents with Physical Disabilities.
  • AS / NZS 1428.4:1 2009  Tactile Ground Surface Indicators for the Orientation of people with Vision Impairment.
  • AS 1428.5: 2010  Communication for people who are deaf or hearing impaired. 

 

John Bedwell Obvius Access 2015 

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