Desk Top Access Audits
What is a Desk Top Access Audit?
A Desk top Access Audit Report is where we look at proposed plans
for a project as opposed to an Existing premises Audit which has already been built and requires a site
inspection. We assess the proposed design for usability and accessibility. We then incorporate improved levels of
usability and accessibility for people with disability that may have been overlooked in the initial design
stage and thereby reduce the risk to the client of complaint under the Discrimination Laws at both state and
How does a Desk Top Access Audit Work?
Firstly contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on
0414220562 we are happy to help with your enquiry. Once initial
contact has been made we ask you if possible to forward basic relevant details of the project
in question i.e. Plans, Photographs, Drawings, and Council Documentation etc. In this way we can save you the
cost of a site meeting prior to the Desk Top Access Audit .We will discuss with
you which relevant access legislation applies to your Proposed Building Type. Then we will
clarify the scope of the Access Audit to be undertaken e.g. all of the building, only public
areas, any specific areas not wanted to be included. We will then send you our fee proposal, once we have
agreed a fee and time scale for completion of the Access Audit, we can begin
We will assess the project plans using our checklist and
implement changes where needed starting from the outside e.g. carpark and external approach and then working
through the interior identifying potential barriers to Access and Services which may prevent a person
with a Disability (visitor, employee) from participating in equitable and dignified access on their path
of travel through the proposed building and environment.
What are the benefits to me of having an Access Audit?
By having an Obvius Access Desk Top Audit and then implementing
its recommendations you will be able to demonstrate that you have met Council regulations and meet your moral
and legal responsibilities under Federal discrimination law (DDA), which in turn will give you protection from a
successful compliant or action brought against you by a person with a Disability. A far more important
consequence of removing Access barriers to your premises will be ease of access and inclusion for many
people, young and old who wish to use the environment and services you provide.
What is the DAD? How does it affect me? How is it enforced?
The Australian Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) is a
Federal Discrimination Law which came into effect in March 1993. The DDA prohibits unfair and
unfavourable treatment against people with a Disability or their associates in a range of areas including
education, employment, transport, accommodation, premises and footpaths used by the
The DDA requires employers, education providers and service
providers to make appropriate, reasonable Access adjustments to avoid discrimination. A compliant can be
made to the Australian Human Rights Commission (Commission) under the DDA if appropriate access is not
When the Commission receives a complaint about something that is
covered by the DDA, the President of the Commission can investigate the complaint and try to resolve it by
conciliation. The Commission is not a court and cannot determine that discrimination has happened. The Commission’s
role is to get both sides of the story and help those involved resolve the complaint. If the complaint is not
resolved or is discontinued for another reason, the compliant can then be taken to the Federal Court of Australia
or the Federal Magistrates Court.
What Elements does a Desk Top Access Audit Cover?
The scope of the Desk Top Access Audit can be tailored to meet the
individual requirements of the client. In general our Access Audit will cover all Elements of the Building and
Environment assessing and highlighting any potential barriers that may exclude a person with disability
from equitable and dignified access. Typically an Access Audit would cover
Eternal approach and
Corridors and horizontal circulation
Lifts, stairs and vertical circulation
Floor and lighting
Control and switches
Signage and wayfinding
Tactile ground service indicators
Internal surface finishes
Emergency means of escape
There may be many more specific planned Elements e.g.
Swimming Pools, Children’s Service Areas and Playgrounds which can be added as part of our comprehensive
How is the Access Audit presented?
The finished Obvius Access Desk Top Audit 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 comply a
practical list of recommendations for improvements which highlight potential risk. The recommendations
are prioritized 1, 2 and 3 in order of importance and cross referenced against Disability Access codes,
standards, and legislation such as The Building Code of Australia/National Construction Code, The Disability
(Access to Premises-Buildings) Standards 2010, and The Disability Discrimination Act, The suite of AS1428
and all pertaining standards and other relevant guidance.
The Desk Top Access Audit report is structured in a user
friendly accessible format which includes Appendix
'A' which provides illustrations to assist in highlighting some
access issues identified and to support interpretation and recommendations for
Obvius Access Audits reports are presented by e-mail in a Word and
PDF copy, which will help to incorporate your Access Audit 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 at email@example.com