The Australian Disability Discrimination Act 1992, or DDA, in relation to public spaces, ensures public areas are accessible to all people, including those with a disability. Public spaces will require DDA Compliant Street Furniture in order to comply.
DDA promotes human diversity and following this principal in relation to street furniture means public places and furniture should meet the needs of any user. DDA focuses on disability but is also inclusive of age, size, and abilities. These principals can prove challenging for DDA Compliant Street Furniture design. Comfort in one design cannot always be achieved for all users of the furniture due to different mobility needs.
The DDA is a broad document and does not specifically outline recommended specifications for DDA Compliant Street Furniture but relies on Australian Standards AS1428.2: Design for Access and Mobility Pt.2, as a guideline. And as a guide, it is important to note that street furniture can still be accessible without strictly adhering to AS1428.2 dimensions. AS1428.2 must be considered a guideline, as the prescribed measurements may not consider the specific user. More importantly, and to re-enforce the DDA principal mentioned above, furniture design must meet the common mobility needs for each site. If the site receives mixed mobility needs, it is recommended that a range of furniture is specified. With dimensions that cater to those specific mobility needs.
DDA Compliant Since 1992
Draffin Street Furniture has 65 years manufacturing experience. And when AS1428.2 came to be, it was quickly adopted into Draffin Street Furniture designs, with the majority of seats now conforming or able to be conformed to the standard. As Draffin Street Furniture manufactures all products to order, most outdoor furniture suites can be adapted to conform to AS1428.2. on request.
Draffin Street Furniture’s Melbourne based factory has in-house engineers and skilled staff to design and manufacture commercial grade outdoor furniture to any specification required.