Accessibility Guidelines

Accessibility Guidelines

The following guidelines were used to determine accessibility considerations.  Venues may include none, one or all of the considerations listed.

Ambulant

Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixture and fitting to aid balance.

Considerations could include the following:

  • Is accessible parking available?
  • Is there a ramp on the path of travel to the venue or is there a flight of stairs with max 2 to 3 steps?
  • Do all floors in public areas have slip-resistant surfaces?
  • Is seating available at or near the entrance area for guests who are unable to stand for a period of time?
  • Does the route to each accessible facility have a firm, sound surface i.e. pavers, concrete, bitumen, asphalt, surface dressing and is it free from obstacles?
  • Is the toilet area fitted with grab rails?
  • Does the venue allow space for a walker?

 

Wheelchair User

Suitable for guests who depend on the use of a wheelchair in a seated position at all times.

Considerations could include the following:

  • Is accessible parking available?
  • Is there a ramp on the path of travel to the facilities?
  • Do all floors in public areas have slip-resistant surfaces?
  • Does the entrance to the reception area have a level entry (no steps)?
  • Does the route to each accessible facility have a firm, sound surface i.e. pavers, concrete, bitumen, asphalt, surface dressing and is it free from obstacles?
  • Does the path of travel to each accessible facility have a minimum width of 1000mm and is flat?
  • Is there a lift for public use at the venue and does the lift have handrails (where applicable)?
  • Are there accessible toilets at the venue?
  • Does the venue allow enough space to move around in a wheelchair?

 

High Support Needs

Suitable for guests with high support needs who use a hoist and always travel with a carer.

Considerations could include the following:

  • Is accessible parking available?
  • Is there a ramp on the path of travel to the venue?
  • Do all floors in public areas have slip-resistant surfaces?
  • Does the entrance to the reception area have a level entry (no steps)?
  • Does the route to each accessible facility have a firm, sound surface i.e. pavers, concrete, bitumen, asphalt, surface dressing and is it free from obstacles?
  • Does the path of travel to each accessible facility have a minimum width of 1000mm and is flat?
  • Is there a lift for public use at the venue and does the lift have a handrail (where applicable)?
  • Are there accessible toilets with hoists at the venue?
  • Does the venue allow enough space to move around in a wheelchair?

 

Hearing impaired

Suitable for guests with a hearing impairment, from mild hearing loss to profoundly deaf.

Considerations could include the following:

  • Is there an amplification system installed provided with hearing augmentation?
  • Are there signs indicating that an assistive hearing device is installed or available, using the international symbol for deafness?

 

Vision impaired

Suitable for guests with a vision impairment. Attained by providing for guests with partial vision impairment or total loss of usable vision.

Considerations could include the following:

  • Are all accessible facilities identified with clear and legible Braille and tactile signage?
  • Where there is a lift, is it identified with clear and legible Braille and tactile signage?
  • Are there tactile ground surface indicators in place (where applicable)?
  • Are all signs identifying a path of travel placed so that they are located directly ahead in the direction of travel?
  • Do all Braille and/or tactile signs have embossed characters?

 

Accessible Toilets

Venue has accessible toilets with one or more of the following features: handrails, hoist, change table for a child, change table for an adult or has a disability specific cubicle.

Accepts Companion Card

This venue accepts the Companion Card. Companion Card is a tool to assist organisations that charge an admission or participation fee to comply with existing anti-discrimination legislation. www.companioncard.org.au

Accessible Parking

Venue has one or more designated disabled parking bays. To use a disabled parking bay you need to display a Disabled Persons’ Parking permit. Application forms are available from your local council.

Near Public Transport

Venue is within 500 metres of public transport, which could be a train, tram or bus stop.

 

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