Standards & Guidelines
The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) is supplemented by a series of Disability Standards and Guidelines. These provide more detail on rights and responsibilities about equal access and opportunity for people with a disability.
Standards are legally binding regulations set by the Attorney-General under the DDA.
Guidelines (or ‘Advisory Notes’) are issued by the Commission to help people and organisations understand their rights and comply with their responsibilities under the DDA and accompanying Standards.
Standards and Guidelines can be made in the areas of employment, education, public transport services, access to premises, accommodation and the administration of Commonwealth laws and programs.
- Premises Standards 2010 - Standards available at Comlaw
- Guidelines on application of the Premises Standards in PDF or Word
- Advisory Note on streetscape, public outdoor areas, fixtures, fittings and furniture in PDF or Word
- Frequently asked questions on Access to Premises (2014)
- Disability Standards for Education - download standards and information from the Federal Register of Legislation.
- Education standards review - Department of Education and Training (2010 and 2015)
Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport - download standards and information from the Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development
The Commission issued a revised advisory note on accessibility of World Wide Web pages in 2010.
Revised Guidelines on Insurance were adopted by the Commission in November 2016.
Standards applying to disability services are not covered by the DDA. For convenience however the National Standards for Disability Services can be accessed here.