Built and natural environment accessibility
People with disability have the right to access public places and to have the same opportunities as others to participate in community life. To achieve this, the services and facilities provided to the community need to accommodate the access requirements of people with disability (Government of Western Australia 2020).
The physical environment can present a barrier to how some people with disability participate in community life. Public spaces, buildings and facilities may have obstacles that make moving around the community and participating in everyday activities difficult (AIHW 2022).
Improving accessibility to the built and natural environment enables everyone, regardless of age or ability, to use buildings, transport, parks and playgrounds without the need for specialised or adapted features (Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021–2031).
Access to government buildings
To ensure that people with disability have the same opportunities as the wider population to access necessary services, government buildings need to be accessible for people with all forms of disability (Government of Western Australia 2020).
The desired key system outcome for this measure is that buildings are accessible.
System measure: Proportion of people with disability who have difficulty accessing government buildings
Desired outcome: Decrease in the proportion
Data source: ABS SDAC
For the latest data and breakdowns of the data, see Australia’s Disability Strategy Outcomes Framework | Access to government buildings.
Accessing buildings and facilities
Buildings and outdoor spaces that are not accessible exclude people with disability from participating in work, education, and social and cultural life (Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021–2031). Avoiding everyday activities – such as going to school or work, attending events, or seeking medical help – increases the risk that people with disability will experience social isolation, which can, in turn, affect their overall health and wellbeing (AIHW 2022).
The desired population outcome for this measure is to see an increase in people with disability being able to access locations.
Population measure: Proportion of people with disability who participated in community or social activities in the past 12 months
Desired outcome: Increase in the proportion
Data source: ABS SDAC
For the latest data and breakdowns of the data, see Australia’s Disability Strategy Outcomes Framework | Accessing buildings and facilities.
AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) (2022) ‘Disability discrimination’, People with disability in Australia, AIHW, Australian Government, accessed 5 September 2023.
Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021–2031 (2021), Department of Social Services, Australian Government, accessed 5 September 2023.
Government of Western Australia (2022) A Western Australia for Everyone: State Disability Strategy 2020-2030, Government of Western Australia, accessed 5 September 2023.