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Changing Places improving community access

In May 2015, the WA State Government committed $2 million dollars to establish a network of Changing Places across WA.

Changing Places are secure, clean facilities for people with disability who need space and assistance to use the bathroom when out and about in the community.

In December 2015, the State Government announced the locations of 14 Changing Places, inclduing the City of Greater Geraldton, which became WA's first local government to open a Changing Place in June 2016.

The project's success led to the Commisson winning an Achievement Award from the Institute of Public Administration Australia (WA) for Best Practice in Collaboration Between Government and Non-Government Organisations at its 2016 annual awards ceremony.

Changing Places are not standard accessible toilets – they include a hoist, adult changing table, automatic door and space for two people to assist the user with their needs.

Where possible, all new Changing Places will have 24-hour, seven-day access. However, some will have the same opening hours as the building they are located in. There will be no charge for using a Changing Place.

The Commission will continue to work with WA Local Government Association (WALGA), National Disability Services WA (NDS WA), disability stakeholders and the private sector to ensure an integrated approach to the ongoing development of Changing Places in WA.

Community and disability sector consultation

The Commission has involved people with disability, carers, service providers and local governments, through WALGA and NDS WA, to identify preferred locations for Changing Places.

More than 600 respondents identified preferred locations for Changing Places through an online NDS WA survey.

Download the survey results report (PDF) (Word)

Changing Places locations map

Click on the image to find where Changing Places will be established.  

Map of WA marking Changing Places locations

Please note: with the exception of the City of Greater Geraldton and Elizabeth Quay, all other Changing Places are still in development. 

Building on existing infrastructure

There are already a number of adult changing facilities of different sizes and a range of different equipment in WA – but they are not yet accredited as meeting the best-practice specifications of a Changing Place. It is hoped as many as possible will be assessed as appropriate to be part of the Changing Places network, which will also include new facilities.

 

Related documents

PDF versions (also available in Word below)

Fact sheet
Frequently Asked Questions
Survey results report

Word versions

Fact sheet
Frequently Asked Questions
Survey results report

 

The facilities inside a Changing Place
The facilities in a Changing Place

The outside of a Changing Place in Victoria
The outside of a Changing Place in Victoria

More information

Watch the Changing Places Australia video, which highlights the need for Changing Places. Video courtesy of Association for Children with a Disability www.changingplaces.org.au

The UK Changing Places project was launched in 2006 and there are now around 800 Changing Places across the UK in sporting stadiums, shopping centres and pubs.

The Changing Places Australia project is led by the Association for Children with a Disability (ACD) in Victoria.