Adelaide Airport is the main aviation gateway to South Australia and processes more than eight million passengers annually. It is the fifth busiest airport in Australia by passenger movement and has experienced the greatest international growth of all Australian ports in the 2016/2017 financial year.
Recent completed projects have seen the modernisation and redevelopment of many areas of the airport. Along with this have been major improvements to general facilities within the precinct. Since these improvements directly affect the airport customer experience, an accessibility component is mandatory to the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) and its relevant Standards. As a public transport service the airport is covered by the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), an act of federal parliament which makes it an offence to discriminate on the basis of disability. The Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (DSAPT) provides a definitive set of standards to enable public transport operators to comply with the DDA.
To ensure compliance to the DDA is achieved with the latest completed improvements to public airport facilities, Sterling was engaged by Adelaide Airport Limited in May 2018 to conduct on-site DDA audits of public areas controlled by Adelaide Airport.
The audit combined intricate knowledge of the DSAPT and relevant accessibility standards and development of on-site audit recording templates prompting auditors to record measurement to assess compliance with the Standards.
Output of the audit will assist Adelaide Airport Limited to assess their compliance with the target deadline listed in the DSAPT and prepare a suitable Accessibility Action Plan to meet remaining targets.