To help create the framework, we engaged with NSW public sector employees through focus groups and through the Accessible Office Design Survey.
We heard from over 690 public sector employees with disability, which helped us address the needs of people who experience cognitive, physical, psychological, psychosocial or sensory diversity.
The framework complements the accessibility requirements that already apply to government workplaces and helps to ensure employees and visitors with disability have the same rights as others in the workplace.
The framework is a living document that should be reviewed regularly alongside periodic amendments to the ‘National Construction Code’, the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards 2010 and the Australian Standards for Access and Mobility (AS1428 series).
Accessible and inclusive products and services
Accessibility is not just important for workplaces; it is also important to our work practices. The NSW Government expects that all public sector employees can meet the basic level required to provide a better experience for people using our services. Further information on digital accessibility and inclusion can be found on the Digital NSW Design Standards.
All employers are required to manage safe workplaces for workers and visitors. This framework complements the current efforts of the NSW Government to design a post COVID-19 workplace that allows for:
- Layout and density that help social distancing
- Technology to allow for virtual meetings to reduce business related travel
- Shared meeting room spaces that are safe and accessible
- Hygiene stations integrated into workplace design
Accessible Office Design is a performance framework for making office design and fitout more accessible in both new and existing buildings.
Outlines at a high level the criteria required to achieve the gold, silver or bronze level of design performance.