Michael Small

Director Equality Building

Michael Small runs a consultancy business based in Hobart working with people with disability, businesses, government and the building sector to assist in making buildings and services more accessible.

From 1993 to 2011 Michael worked at the Australian Human Rights Commission developing guidelines and standards to improve access to public transport, the internet, education, local government services, banking and the built environment.

Michael worked on the drafting of the Premises Standards and changes to the National Construction Code as a member of the Building Access Policy Committee and various Standards Australia technical committees.

Michael wrote the Guideline on the Application of the Premises Standards and in 2012 he was awarded the Minister’s Award for Excellence in Disability Reform. In 2016 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study access compliance overseas.

Michael is a member of the Access Consultants Association and has recently been a member of the Expert Advisory Group responsible for progressing recommendations from the first review of the Premises Standards and the National Accessible Transport Taskforce.

Michael is also a Director of Disability Voices Tasmania and chairs their Systemic Change sub-committee.