A gift in a Will to Guide Dogs keeps on giving.

Your generosity helps create profound change and impact for Victorians with low vision.

A gift in a Will to Guide Dogs keeps on giving.

A gift in a Will to Guide Dogs keeps on giving.

Your generosity helps create profound change and impact for Victorians with low vision.

A gift in a Will to Guide Dogs keeps on giving. Find out more

CREATING ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SPACES What is Access Consulting?

Access Consulting involves a range of services designed to ensure that various spaces—whether private property, community environment, workplace, sporting venues, and a range of other places—comply with Australian Disability Access Regulations. These regulations ensure that our community is safe and accessible for people of all abilities, including those with low vision or blindness.

Access Consultants are highly trained Orientation and Mobility specialists with qualifications in assisting people who are blind or have low vision to move through environments confidently and safely. All Guide Dogs Victoria Access Consultants are registered Associate Members of the Association of Consultants in Access Australia.

Access Consultants can provide a comprehensive analysis of your environment—called an ‘access appraisal’—to determine your best option in meeting regulatory obligations, regardless of whether your environment is in the design phase, construction, or a pre-existing structure.

SAFE AND ACCESSIBLE SPACES FOR EVERYONE Who can benefit from Access Consulting?

Access Consulting benefits everyone by ensuring that a wide range of spaces are accessible and inclusive for people with all abilities. More specifically, an access appraisal can assist:

  • Architects
  • Property developers
  • Body corporates
  • Local governments
  • Private business
  • Sporting venues
  • Educational institutions
  • Shops and department stores
  • Libraries
  • Hospitals

Regardless of your environment, an access appraisal can help ensure your space complies with Disability Access Regulations and contributes to a safe, inclusive community.

REVIEWS AND REPORTS TO MAKE ACCESS CONSIDERATIONS EASY What services do our Access Consultants offer?

Guide Dogs Victoria Access Consultants can:

  • Provide full access appraisals on existing buildings, new buildings, commercial and private property, public spaces, community facilities, and more.
  • Understand and assist in meeting relevant legislation and Australian standards, while focusing on the reality of day-to-day functionality and useability.
  • Provide ‘Walk and Talk’ opportunities to initially establish whether a full access appraisal is appropriate or required.
  • Help other qualified Access Consultants to interpret the functional implications of access requirements and advise on ‘best practice’ for considerations of people with low vision or blindness.
  • Provide consultation at the planning and early construction stage.
  • Consider all access factors, including but not limited to tactile ground surface indicators, pedestrian and wheelchair access, accessible signage, luminance contrast, and more.
  • Provide professional reports and documented recommendations.
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GET IN TOUCH How can I arrange for Access Consulting?

To arrange for the Access Consulting Service, please call 1800 804 805 or complete the form below.

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