Guide for the Design of Accessible Outdoor Spaces
Event Description
IPWEA (NSW) Professional Development Workshop:

Guide for the Design of Accessible Outdoor Space  - Sydney 11 July 2019

In 2018, The IPWEA (NSW) Roads & Transport Directorate published a Guide for the Design of Accessible Outdoor Spaces to support professionals who are responsible for providing and maintaining appropriate access to various areas of the built external environment. The Guide has been developed to identify the key elements that must be considered in the design, development and maintenance of the built external environment, to meet the needs of all people, with emphasis on the needs of people with disabilities and other access challenges. The guide proposes to address the gaps between the awareness to legally consider the needs of persons with disabilities when designing and building infrastructure and the actual information contained in Disability Discrimination Act 1992, the Australian Standards, the Premises Standards, the Transport Standards, Guidelines, Codes, and other relevant legislation.

To familiarize council staff tasked with the responsibility for providing accessible outdoor spaces, IPWEA (NSW) is offering training on how to use the Guide. Learn about the Key Considerations and detailed information in relation to access to a range of key elements in the external environment including:

  • Parking and Drop Off Zones 
  • External Paths of Travel 
  • Stairs
  • Ramps and Walkways
  • Wayfinding and Signage
  • Street Furniture
  • Road Crossing
  • Traffic Lights
  • Bus Stops
  • Lighting
  • Parks and Camping Areas
  • Playgrounds
  • Beaches, Rivers and Jetties
  • Swimming Pools
  • Public Event and Temporary Installations
  • Shading
Engineers, Planners, Works Officers, Access staff, Designers.


Ms. Joe Manton - Director – Access Institute

Fellow of the Association of Consultants in Access Australia

Fellow of Leadership Victoria

Diploma of Access Consulting

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Joe established one of the first access consultancy companies in Australia, Access Audits Australia (AAA) in 1993 and subsequently developed the RTO Access Institute.

Her work focuses on both legislated access requirements as well as Universal Design. Joe and her team are highly sought after by many organisations, for their up to date access knowledge and advice across Australia, as well as overseas.

Joe is also a member of the Industry Reference Group of Livable Housing Australia (LHA), as well as Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Joe had developed a wide range of access and inclusion design guidelines, policy and practice notes relating to the built environment for both buildings and outdoor areas.

She delivers the nationally recognised units of competency relating to access auditing of buildings, facilities, outdoor areas and playgrounds. She is a highly sought-after presenter for a wide range of organisations including local government Australia wide, as well as peak industry bodies.

She has undertaken access studies in Australia and the U.K. She is a qualified and Accredited Access Consultant and a Fellow of the Association of Consultants in Access Australia (ACAA).

Access Institute received an award for the best Universal Access Consultant - Australia in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

DATES: 11/07/2019 to 11/07/2019

LOCATION: Metro Hotel Sydney Marlow Central, 431-439 Pitt Street, Sydney (Click to view map)

TIMES: Please register at the Workshop by 8.15am. The program will commence promptly at 8.30am and finish at 4.30pm. Morning and afternoon teas and lunch will be provided.

CAR PARKING: Paid parking is available at the Capitol Carpark parking station in Campbell Street (near the corner of George Street); however the venue is within walking distance of Central railway station.

ACCOMMODATION: Overnight accommodation is not provided for Delegates. You will need to organize your own accommodation if required. Accommodation is available at the venue (Note: There are two Metro Hotels in Pitt Street - this is the Metro Hotel Sydney Central Marlow not the Metro Hotel on Pitt). Phone for the Metro Hotel Sydney Central Marlow: 02 9281 6999.

WHAT TO BRING: Notebook and pens (Course Workbooks and copy of guide provided).

IPWEA NSW will provide suitable learning experiences and opportunities for all students. The learning environment will take account of the different characteristics of students and their varying cultural and educational backgrounds. All students have ready access to IPWEA NSW’s Student Handbook which contains a clear, consistent, rational and understandable summary of the organisation’s policies and procedures.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop.

Please contact us if you have any questions:

Elsie Pathmanathan, Professional Development Coordinator
Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (NSW)
Level 12, 447 Kent Street Sydney NSW 2000
t: +61 (0)2 8267 3008 f: +61 (0)2 8267 3078 m: +61 (0)427 001 613