Universal accessibility is a key concept stating all environments should be accessible to everyone, regardless of ability. Everybody is different and there is no ‘average’ person. As a result universal accessibility will benefit all, because people with disabilities, people of small or tall stature, parents with buggies, delivery persons and so forth will have greater access to the built environment.

Creating built environments and facilities that are accessible to all is a right protected by law in Australia. It is an indispensable pre-requisite for social inclusion, focusing on equal opportunity and diversity.

Accessibility to the built environment affects a large number of people within society in their day-to-day normal life, concerning their safety and physical, mental and social well being. Even a single step can deny entry to a person pulling a suitcase on wheels, or a person using a wheelchair or pose a safety hazard to anyone with impaired vision.

Definitions

Built environments are those that have been created or modified, such as buildings, streetscapes, sports grounds, parks and gardens, transport facilities and the like. The term also includes fixtures, equipment, services, communiocations and other facilities.

Accessibility - Environments with greater accessibility are those that are easier, safer and more enjoyable to reach, use, experience and move around in.

Access Consultants are those who offer advisory or other services in relation to accessible environments. Services include accessibility appraisals, audits, design, research, training, information on codes, and advice on good practice in accessibility.

ACAA is a national membership-based professional association for people working to achieve accessibility of the built environment for people all. It is the peak national body for access consultancy in Australia and a major partner in advancing equity of built environmental accessibility for people with a disability.

Members of ACAA are provided with the following exclusive benefits:

  • recognition of professional competency through ACAA's accreditation processes. An ACAA accredited membership class is indicative of the highest level of competency.
  • listing of accredited ACAA members with details of members credentials on the ACAA website "Find an access consultant" directory for national and global identification.
  • promotion, recognition and use of ACAA accredited members practicing as access consultants.
  • Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities through ACAA events and website event listings available to members.
  • opportunities for career development for associate members to accredited membership.
  • networking, training and promotion for affiliate and corporate organisation members who support the tenets of the association.
  • membership details listed on the ACAA website "Members" directory.
  • Members only portal access to exclusive information on ACAA website, use of logo, insurance, mentoring program, policies, procedures, forms and practice notes.
  • Discounted advertising for corporate members on website, within Airwaves and at conferences.
  • current information on standards, codes, research, seminars etc.
  • login access to the acaaforum, a moderated discussion group for exchange of technical opinion on topics of professional interest.
  • 10 monthly issues of Airwaves Newsletter (Except December & January).
  • member discount rates to ACAA conferences & events.
  • membership to State and Territory Access Consultant Networks to meet other members and CPD opportunities.
  • opportunities for networking with members and other professionals in the field of access.

ACAA membership is growing rapidly. ACAA members support the recognition of Access Consulting as a profession within the building regulatory framework and support ACAA's efforts to lobby Federal, State, Local Governments and Regulatory Authorities, for ACAA accredited members to be recognised as professionals working to improve access to the built environment for all. Join ACAA now to become the voice of access consulting now and into the future.

Admission to membership requires an undertaking to abide by the Articles of the Association...

To find out more or apply, please click on one of the links below:

You may already have suitable qualifications, such as in the fields of Occupational Therapy, Building Surveying, Drafting, Architecture, or Social Science, etc. as a solid foundation for pursuing a professional career path as an Access Consultant.

If this is the case you may be eligible to apply for the base entry level as an Associate class of member before upgrading after two years for Certificate IV in Access Consulting holders, three years if not for existing Associate members prior to 2012, having participated in the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Program and successfully passing the Accreditation Assessment Test.

Associate applications are required to have successfully completed the nationally recognised qualification ‘Certificate IV in Access Consulting’ (or provide evidence of recognised prior learning (RPL) for the units of competency related to the Certificate IV in Access Consulting as determined via the appropriate nationally recognised RPL process).

Some of our Accredited Members offer a mentoring program to help Associates or even Affiliate Members attain Accredited Membership.

This portal is a facility provided for the benefit of ACAA members and registered users of our web systems.

In an effort to make interacting with the association more efficient and convenient, it contains the latest news and utilities for ACAA members, records of AGM minutes, an archive of practice notes, a facility for managing your CPD requirements and more ...

PLEASE NOTE: Only current financial members of the Association of Consultants in Access Australia and authorised web system users have access to many of the pages on this portal - if your access has been turned off and you think this is in error, please contact the secretary@access.asn.au to receive assistance.

If you have any issues using the links or pages associated with the ACAA Intranet or cannot see an article, item or link you believe you should have access to, please email the Webmaster, Jacqui Blanch, for assistance on webmaster@access.asn.au