A person with a disability living in the adaptable dwelling must be able to collect their mail without assistance. The only way to resolve this is to provide a continuous accessible path of travel to the letterbox (and garbage bins) and back again. In practicality, to the street to catch a cab and back again, and to the allocated car space and back again. If it is a class 2 building, then a person with a disability must be able to visit a friend in the apartments serviced by a lift, or on the ground floor where there is no lift. If the mailbox is located at a side laneway, then a person must be able to get to the letterboxes located at the lane and home again.
The DDA establishes enforceable rights so that a person with a disability is not disadvantaged through design decisions.
The right to access via the principal pedestrian entry, just as an able bodied person can, is expressly stipulated in the legislation.
There are obligations on designers, on owners, developers and consenting authorities, all of whom, individually or concurrently, could face litigation and damages if these provisions are ignored.
The provision of good access is good business. Australia’s aging population will be looking for housing that is designed to provide for permanent occupancy through their lifecycle. Housing loans are inter-generational.