We promote equal opportunity by creating barrier free accessible spaces for all of our communities.
We offer a range of services to designers and projects to help bridge the gap between designing for accessibility and the DDA.
At Sterling, our passion is remedial engineering. We support asset owners and constructors through the asset lifecycle, from inspection and assessments, through to design construction, with all elements self-performed by qualified and competent professionals.
Smart and pragmatic thinking is what we have built our reputation on. Whilst we have intricate knowledge and understanding of the Accessibility Standards, we also think practically beyond the Standards to ensure all designs, assessment and audits consider the whole journey for people living with permanent or temporary disabilities.
Our unique position puts us as the only engineering-construction company with integrated services for accessibility assessments. Our Universal Access team consists of trained auditors, structural engineers, and technical accessibility consultants providing a pragmatic engineering-based approach in our assessment of the built environment. We know how to improve accessibility and compliance within constrained conditions and effectively work through difficult retrofit solutions.
The aim of Universal Access is to design a built environment which can be navigated by everyone. We determine this by completing accessibility site audits. Sterling have developed comprehensive audit templates to check compliance against the relevant standards and legislation: the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), the Premises Standards, DSAPT, and AS1428. Our site audit processes allow us to quickly and efficiently record data on site—which is particularly important for volume based audits—with minimal fuss and covering everything to the smallest details.
What are the relevant standards and legislation?
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA, 1992) is an act of federal parliament which makes it an offence to discriminate on the basis of disability. Further applicable standards are the Disability (Access to Premises—Buildings) Standards (Premises Standards, 2010) and the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (DSAPT, 2002). Both these documents are also part of Australian Legislation. Within these Standards are references to the AS1428 suite of Australian Standards and, where applicable, adherence to these Australian Standards are also legal obligations.
Compliance to the Premises Standards, DSAPT, and AS1428 is required in every aspect of public life and is required in every commercial sector, from finance (ATMs, bank branches), to leisure facilities (sports facilities, concert halls, stadiums, auditoriums), to transport (airports, train stations, bus stops, tram stops). It is even required in facilities designed for particular age groups, (child care centres, primary schools, universities, assisted living facilities).
Capabilities and Services
Sterling offer the following range of services across both existing Infrastructure and new Infrastructure.
Compliance assessment to Access Standards (DSAPT, Premises Standards) via Field Audits
Compliance analysis using field data or other available data
Accessibility remediation works recommendations
Design review (Concept, Detailed through to Issued for Construction) for accessibility improvement to existing infrastructure
Site construction supervision and accessibility advice
Post Construction accessibility audits
Design review (Concept, Detailed through to Issued for Construction)
Participation in stakeholder engagement
Consultancy advice to address potential non-compliance due to environmental constraints
Client support and advice on accessibility issues through construction
Post Construction accessibility audits.
We can also offer remedial design and construction services as well where Clients require a complete end-to-end solution.
Our Universal Access Director, Adeline Bisson, is an associate member of the Association of Consultants in Access Australia (ACAA).