Changing Places enable Victorians with high support needs to participate in their local community and access recreational and tourist attractions, parks, community spaces, entertainment and sporting venues.
Changing Places facilities are larger than standard accessible toilets, with extra features and more space to meet the needs of people with a disability and their carers. Each facility has a height adjustable, adult-sized changing bench, a tracking hoist system, and space for two people either side of a peninsula toilet.
To be called a Changing Places toilet, the facility must meet the design specifications as outlined in the Changing Places Design Specification 2020.
Creating communities that are welcoming and inclusive underpins the Victorian Government’s State Disability Plan. Changing Places are a key component of Victoria’s Universal Design approach to ensure the built environment is accessible for all Victorians and so far, 33 Changing Places have been funded across Victoria.
|Project Name||Funded Organisation|
|Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Melbourne Zoo||Zoos Victoria|
|St Kilda Life Saving Club||City of Port Phillip|
|Fraser Street Toilet Block||Greater Shepparton City Council|
|Victoria Park Ballarat (Livvi's Place)||City of Ballarat|
|Maroondah Marveloo||Maroondah City Council|
|Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne||Arts Centre Melbourne|
|Hargreaves Street Carpark, Bendigo||Greater Bendigo City Council|
|Royal Geelong Yacht Club, Geelong*||City of Greater Geelong|
|Healesville Sanctuary||Zoos Victoria|
|Werribee Open Range Zoo||Zoos Victoria|
|Cowes Transit Centre||Bass Coast Shire Council|
|Ballarat Marveloo||City of Ballarat|
|Preston Central||City of Darebin|
|Bicentennial Park, Chelsea||City of Kingston|
|Whittlesea, Banyule & Nillumbik Marveloo||City of Whittlesea|
|Alpine Access Centre||Disabled Winter Sport Australia Inc|
|Portland Foreshore||Glenelg Shire Council|
|Wally Tew Reserve||Knox City Council|
|Gisborne Adventure Playground||Macedon Ranges Shire Council|
|Finns Reserve, Templestowe Lower||Manningham City Council|
|Croydon Town Centre||Maroondah City Council|
|Melton Waves Leisure Centre||Melton City Council|
|Hadfield Park Wallan||Mitchell Shire Council|
|Yarrawonga Foreshore||Moira Shire Council|
|Moorabool Marveloo||Moorabool Shire Council|
|High St Carpark, Echuca||Campaspe Shire Council|
|Great Ocean Road, Angelsea||Surf Coast Shire|
|Winchelsea Tearooms||Surf Coast Shire|
|Melbourne Showgrounds||Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria|
|Lake Pertobe, Warrnambool||Warrnambool City Council|
|Tarneit Community Learning Centre||Wyndham City Council|
|Botanic Gardens Melbourne*||Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria|
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History of Changing Places
Originating in the United Kingdom in 2006, the Changing Places concept has now spread internationally, with Changing Places opening in a number of countries including Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, USA and Germany.
The first Australian Changing Place opened at Ringwood Lake in Victoria in 2014. For a current list of locations across Australia see the Changing Places website.
Changing Places Design Specifications
The Changing Places design specifications 2020 provide all the information needed to build a Changing Places facility including a choice of four design options and estimated costs.
National Construction Code and Changing Places
Australia is the first country in the world to regulate for public toilets based on the Changing Places design. The National Construction Code 2019 released by the Australian Building Code Board requires a new class of toilet called Accessible Adult Change Facilities, based on the Changing Places design, to be included in certain classes of public buildings.
From 1 May 2019, one unisex Accessible Adult Change Facility must be provided in:
- Class 6 buildings: shopping centres with a design occupancy of not less than 3,500;
- Museum or art gallery (or similar buildings with a design occupancy of not less than 1,500;
- Class 9b sports venues – with a design occupancy of not less than 35,000 or which contain a swimming pool that has a perimeter of not less than 70m.
- Theatre and entertainment venues having a design occupancy of not less than 1,500 patrons.
- Domestic and international passenger airports.
Toilets built according to the Changing Places design standards will generally meet the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions of the National Construction Code.
2021 Funding Round now open
The Victorian Government is providing $2.5 million to expand the Changing Places initiative including funding an additional 18 Changing Places across Victoria.
Local Government Authorities (Victorian) and community not-for-profit organisations are eligible to apply.
The funding round provides funding of up to $110,000 to construct a Changing Places facility in their local community.
Changing Places must be built in accordance with the Changing Places Design Specifications 2020 and must be accredited as a Changing Places facility and listed on the Changing Places website and the National Public Toilet Map.
The funding round opens on 2 August 2021 and closes 5 November 2021.
Funding Round information Session
An on-line information session will be held
Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
Date: 25 August 2021
Register via Eventbrite for the 2021 Victorian Changing Places Funding Round Information Session or to find out more about the 2021 Changing Places funding round email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key documents available for download.