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Changing Places improve community access

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 dollars to establish a network of Changing Places across Western Australia and is the first in Australia to commit to creating and funding such a network.

The State Government announced the locations of 14 Changing Places that will give people with disability more freedom to move around the community on 3 December 2015, International Day of People with Disability.

The Commission involved people with disability, carers, service providers and local governments through the WA Local Government Association and National Disability Services WA to identify preferred locations for the Changing Places.

Changing Places are not standard accessible toilets, they include a hoist, adult changing table, space for two people to assist the user with their needs and an automatic door. Where possible all new Changing Places will have 24/7 access however, some will have the same opening hours as the building they are located in. There will be no charge for using Changing Places.

The first Changing Place in the state-wide network to open is at Elizabeth Quay early in 2016. Other facilities are planned for construction over the next two years. and more locations will be announced as they are confirmed.

More than 600 people with disability and their carers identified preferred locations for Changing Places through an online survey run by NDS WA.

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

Changing Places grants: Round Two open

Local governments can now apply for funding to retrofit or construct a Changing Place bathroom facility in their region, as part of the Changing Places grant program.

Changing Places are dedicated bathroom facilities for use by people with disability or medical conditions. They include an adult-sized change table, moveable ceiling hoist and room for two carers to assist. Changing Places are different from standard accessible toilets. 

Seven local governments have received funding to support the construction of a Changing Place. The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) is seeking expressions of interest from other local governments keen to improve community facilities in their area.

This is a three-step process. Local governments first need to express their interest in a grant. A panel will prioritise locations based on existing infrastructure and the preferences of people with disability. For prioritised locations, WALGA will then liaise directly with each local government to develop a grant agreement.

The program is supporting the development of a network of Changing Places across metropolitan and regional WA. It is funded by the Disability Services Commission and administered by WALGA.

Grant application forms and information packs can be found at the links below. Submissions need to be made to WALGA by Friday, 29 April 2016.

Related documents

PDF versions (also available in Word below)

Changing Places Grants Information Pack Phase two
Changing Places Grants Program Expression Of Interest form Phase two

Word versions

Changing Places Grants Information Pack Phase two
Changing Places Grants Program Expression Of Interest form Phase two


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's 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 United Kingdom 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.