Existing Premises Access Appraisals
What is the difference between an Access Appraisal and Access
The difference between an Access Appraisal and an Access Audit relates to the level of detail assessed in relation
to access and the level of detail provided in the report to the client, simply put an Access Appraisal is a less
formal version of an Access Audit while still covering all the relevant elements of a building
and its environment
What Elements does the Access Appraisal Cover?
The scope of the Access Appraisal can be tailored to meet the individual requirements of the
client. In general our Access Appraisal will cover all Elements of the Building and Environment using a more
generalised style of reporting to an Access Audit, highlighting any potential barriers that may exclude a person
with disability from equitable and dignified access. Typically an Access Appraisal would
Eternal approach and carparking
Corridors and horizontal circulation
Lifts, stairs and
Floor and lighting
Control and switches
Signage and wayfinding
Tactile ground service indicators
Internal surface finishes
Emergency means of escape
may be many more site specific Elements e.g. Swimming Pools, Children’s Service Areas and Playgrounds which can
be added as part of our comprehensive Service.
How is the Access appraisal presented?
Following the on-site assessment Obvius Access we will provide comments on Access barriers which may prevent
ease of use for a wide range of potential users, including people with disabilities, older people and parents
with young children. We provide a general overview of Access Barriers and non-compliance along with
colour photographs and text where appropriate to assist in highlighting some of the access issues
against Disability Access codes, standards, and legislation such as The Building Code of
Australia/National Construction Code, The
(Access to Premises-Buildings) Standards 2010, and
The Disability Discrimination Act
, The suite of AS1428 and all pertaining standards and other relevant
Which is best for me? An Access Audit or Access Appraisal?
An Access Appraisal
is a useful tool for an organisation considering a pre purchase or lease access report or an
organisation with a range of existing buildings who wish to require a general overview of Accessibility without
the expenditure of Individual Access Audits.
However if you are considering making changes to your buildings, undertaking building works, or making other
developments we recommend a full Access Audit by Obvius Access which provides a higher level of detail in reporting
Access barriers, solutions and prioritised recommendations of compliance this will invariably save you time and
money in the long run.
Obvius Access Appraisal reports
are structured in a user friendly accessible format and presented by e-mail in a Word and PDF copy, which will help
to incorporate your Access Appraisal into an Action Plan for the future. Should it be required we can provide an A4
bound ring comb binder copy. Obvius Access are happy to supply an example on request. Contact us