Changing Places Facilities, transforming Australian Lives
Changing Places provide a secure facility with 24 hours access, additional floor space and necessary equipment to assist people living with a severe disability. Additional floor space allows enough room for two carers to assist the user with their needs.
How Australia will benefit from Changing Places
It is important to know that Changing Places are different to standard AS1428.1 universal access toilets, with differences that include automated sliding door access, hoist, adult change table and an optional shower. The shower is a standard feature that is achieved by a larger layout floorplan to achieve Changing Places Green Accreditation.
Where to locate Changing Place restrooms
The Changing Places initiative advocates essential restroom facilities located across Australian communities, but currently in 2016 only Victoria and Western Australia currently have accredited Changing Places facilities. The Victorian Government announced funding for three Changing Place facilities in July 2015 Government investing a total cost of $330,000 for three projects located in Ballarat, Shepparton and St Kilda. The Western Australian governments Minister for Planning and Disability Services announced 17 councils across WA share $2 million funding to provide Changing Place facilities across the state.
Recommended Changing Places locations include:
- Shopping precincts
- Train stations
- Aquatic facilities
- Sporting and recreational centres
- Major cultural facilities
- Civic centres
The Changing Places 'find a toilet' provides an interactive map to assist locating where public facilities are located in Australia.
What to consider when specifying Changing Places Facilities
Changing Place buildings require collaboration between engineers, consultants, specialist architects and builders to create an accredited building design. The Changing Places kit provides a detailed guideline to what factors need to be followed across each of the above mentioned professional services. Three Changing Places floorplan options are outlined in the Changing Places Information Kit with plan drawings of each and lists of standard disabled change equipment.
When considering a site location for a Changing Place facility it is important to identify a suitable place that can accommodate easy to access paths, close to parking areas. Solar lighting and water tanks provide a sustainable solution for future use to minimise the carbon footprint of the public restroom facility.
The benefits offered by Stand-a-lone Changing Place restrooms
A stand-alone Changing Place restroom is an independent building structure that can be supplied in kit-form. The compliancy concerns are taken into account and suppliers provide a packaged product that is prefabricated which is easily built by a contractor. Modus Australiaoffer two Changing Place buildings as a hybrid kit-form modular system meaning that many of the kit panels are premade (doors and wall panels) which reduces onsite waste and minimises construction times.
Modus Australia have developed a reputation across Australia for a simple building installation due to precise prefabrication thus eliminating unnecessary onsite fabrication by multiple construction teams. This can only be achieved by synchronisation across Modus’ technical design, engineering and fabrication teams.
National Disability Services (NDS) WA, WALGA and Modus Australia in addition to public feedback, contributed to establishing the guidelines and blueprint for Western Australia to pave the way of how best to implement Changing Places.
- Modus Australia – Changing Places White Paper
- Information - Changing Places
- Changing Places Program wins IPAA award
- Changing Places Australia website
- DSC website