Changing Places provide suitable facilities for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets.
A Changing Places facility allows people with high support needs to fully participate in the community. This may include people with an acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, and motor neurone disease, as well as many other people with a disability.
Changing Places facilities provide:
- a height-adjustable adult-sized change table
- a constant-charging ceiling track hoist system
- a centrally-located peninsula toilet
- circulation spaces as defined in the design specifications
- an automatic door with a clear opening of 950 mm at a minimum (1100 mm for beach and lake locations)
- a privacy screen.
History of Changing Places
Changing Places was launched in the UK in 2006 and as of today there are > 1500 Changing Places facilities across the UK. They have been placed in key public spaces such as shopping centres, large railway stations, leisure complexes such as aquatic facilities, and recreational and sporting complexes such as the zoo and football stadiums.
In 2011, Maroondah City Council, approached the UK for permission to use the Changing Places logo and develop design specifications relevant to Australia.
In 2014, the first Changing Places in Australia opened at Ringwood Lake.
Since then the initiative has gone from strength to strength in Australia with the inclusion of Changing Places across the country. To find your nearest toilet click here.
In 2019, the Australian Building Codes Board released the National Construction Code 2019, which now requires Accessible Adult Change facilities (based on Changing Places designs) to be included in certain classes of public buildings.
There is now 170 Changing Places across Australia.