Australian Standards and legislation have some limitations, in that these references do not consider the needs of all people.

ISO 21542 2011 Building construction -Accessibility and usability of the built environment-min.jpgOne must remember that these Australian references are minimum standards only, so when we challenge how compliance can be achieved, it is reasonable to consider what is legislated overseas and how accessibility is codified in other parts of the world.

In some case, such as other western nations, these codes and standards could, in fact, be more prescriptive than our own. It is therefore then reasonable to consider these international references when developing a Performance (or Alternative) Solutions for accessibility issues as a form of compliance.


  • International Code Council ICCA117.1:2009 – Accessible and usable buildings and facilities (ICCA117)
  • International Organization for Standardization ISO21542:2011 – Building construction – Accessibility and usability of the built environment (ISO21542)


  • Guidelines for planning a barrier-free environment

Great Britain

Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong Design Manual: Barrier Free Access 2008

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • Universal Accessibility Marine Transportation Guidelines
  • Universal Accessibility Destinations and Places of Accommodation
  • Universal Accessibility Land Transportation Guidelines
  • Universal Accessibility Built Environment Guidelines


  • NEN 1814:2001 Accessibility Of Environment, Buildings And Dwellings

New Zealand

  • New Zealand Standard NZS 4121:2001 – Design for access and mobility – Buildings and associated facilities (NZS 4121)


  • Singapore Code on Accessibility in the Built Environment 2013

United States of America

  • American with Disabilities Act – Accessibility guidelines for buildings and facilities ADA)
  • Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines Design Guidelines for Accessible Adaptable Dwellings
  • Fair Housing Act Design Manual, A Manual to Assist Designers and Builders in Meeting the Accessibility Requirements of the FHA