Grants open to build more high-level accessible toilets

by Sophie Berrill
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Changing Places

Grants of up to $180,000 each are now available to build more ‘Changing Places’ accessible public toilets across Victoria. With these grants, the Victorian Government aims to increase the number of areas and popular tourist spots that people with disability can access. 

An accredited Changing Places toilet facility provides suitable amenities for people with high support requirements, who can’t use standard accessible bathrooms. Each has a height-adjustable, adult-sized changing bench, a tracking hoist system and enough space for two people.

Changing Places accessible toilet facility

A Changing Places facility at Whiteman Park, WA

The Victorian Government provides funding for their construction but the construction projects and ongoing maintenance are up to the owner of the facility. 

Grants of up to $180,000 each are now available under two categories: 

  • local government authorities and not-for-profit organisations to build a Changing Place in their local community, and 
  • tourism destinations to grow the Victorian accessible tourism economy. 

Priority will be given to applications:  

  • that do not have a Changing Places in their municipality,  
  • that are able to demonstrate an identified need from people with disability, their families, friends, and carers for a Changing Places facility in their local community, and 
  • that can provide evidence of the extent of local support for the proposed Changing Places facility.   

Momentum grows for more accessible tourist facilities

“We must do everything possible so that people with disability are fully included in all aspects of our community,” says Victorian Disability Advisory Council Chair Chris Varney.

“These grants will help improve access so that more people have an easier time using and enjoying public spaces.”

There are currently 257 Changing Places nationally, which can be located on an interactive map on the Changing Places website. The new facilities will see the network grow to 124 across Victoria, according to the Government.

Map of Changing Places around Australia

Map of Changing Places around Australia

“This expansion of accessible places cements Victoria’s status as the nation’s most accessible and inclusive state,” says the state’s Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Lizzie Blandthorn.

“We’re ensuring that Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations can be visited and enjoyed by everyone.”

To apply for a grant visit www.vic.gov.au/changing-places-funding-round.

Applications close 14 April 2023.

For more on accessible tourism, read why Sydney was voted in the world’s top 10 most accessible cities in 2022.

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