Melbourne’s renowned arts precinct is now accessible for all with the opening of Victoria’s latest Changing Places facility at Hamer Hall.
This new facility reduces barriers for business event delegates with special needs to explore Melbourne.
Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan has officially unveiled the new state-of-the-art change room and toilet facility.
Changing Places are larger than standard accessible toilets and have extra features such as a tracking hoist and more space to meet the needs of people with a disability.
Victoria was the first Australian state to launch Changing Places and continues to lead the way nationally in making public spaces more accessible. A $2.6 million fund will create a network of 26 Changing Places across Victoria with the Arts Centre Melbourne receiving $100,000 for the Hamer Hall facility.
“Changing Places plays an essential role in positive, social inclusion and encouraging the participation of people with a disability, their families and carers in our city’s cultural life and in particular the Melbourne Arts Precinct.” - Arts Centre Melbourne CEO Claire Spencer
From 1 May 2019, the National Construction Code is being updated to include new ‘accessible adult change facilities’ based on the Changing Places design. These facilities will be required in specified public buildings such as large shopping centres, sports stadiums, theatres, aquatic centres, museums, art galleries and airports.
“One toilet at a time, Changing Places reduces barriers for people with disability. I’m delighted this project creates more opportunities for all people to enjoy the cultural wonders that Melbourne has to offer.” - Victorian Disability Advisory Council Chair Colleen Furlanetto
To find out more about Changing Places and to find a facility near you visit changingplaces.org.au.