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Changing Places improving community access

Christine Kerr from Geraldton at WA’s first local government Changing Place

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 May 2015, the WA State Government committed $2 million to support local governments establish a network of Changing Places across WA, the first of its kind in Australia. The project is being implemented in a collaboration between the Commission, the WA Local Government Association (WALGA) and National Disability Services (NDS) WA.

The $2 million funding is supporting 18 local governments to build Changing Places in their community. This includes the City of Geraldton, which became the first local government to open a Changing Place in January 2016. Other government agencies and private organisations have also committed to funding and building additional Changing Places across WA.

Changing Places map

To view the map in more detail, click on the image below. 

Open locations 

Planned locations 

Changing Places locations map

IPAA award 2016

The project's success led to the Commission being a joint winner of an Institute of Public Administration Australia (WA) Achievement Award in 2016 for Best Practice in Collaboration Between Government and Non-Government Organisations.

About Changing Places

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.

All Changing Places will have 24-hour, seven-day access where possible. 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 WALGA, 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 Changing Places project partners involved people with disability, carers, service providers and local governments, 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)

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

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.