Changing Places

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.

"Labelled Changing Places"

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

* Not yet open

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.

Latest news

2021 Funding Round Successful Applicants

The Victorian Government has announced 18 more Changing Places to be built across Victoria, in both Metropolitan and Regional areas.

Locations have been selected from Mildura to Apollo Bay, including Tourist destinations, Play Spaces and Community Hubs.

The successful recipients will receive up to $110,000 to construct a Changing Places facility in their local community within the next 18 months.

A full list of the new locations is below:

 

Project name

Grant organisation

Proposed Location

Bancoora Surf Life Saving Club Changing Places

Bancoora Surf Life Saving Club

101 Surf Club Lane Breamlea VIC 3227

Warragul Leisure Centre Changing Places

Baw Baw Shire Council

21 Burke Street Warragul VIC 3820

Half Moon Bay Changing Places

Bayside City Council

Cerberus Way Black Rock VIC 3193

Canterbury Community Precinct Changing Places

Boroondara City Council

2 Kendall Street Canterbury VIC 3126

Kew Recreation Centre Changing Places

Boroondara City Council

383 High Street Kew VIC 3101

Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre (BAWC) - Changing Places

Brimbank City Council

90 Taylors Road Keilor Downs VIC 3038

Carnegie Memorial Swimming Pool – Changing Places

Glen Eira City Council

Koornang Park, Moira Avenue, Carnegie Victoria 3163

Apollo Bay Camping Uplift - Changing Places

Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority

70 Great Ocean Road Apollo Bay VIC 3233

Elmore Toilet Redevelopment Changing Places

Greater Bendigo City Council

85 Railway Road Elmore VIC 3558

Rippleside Inclusive Playspace Changing Places

Greater Geelong City Council

Rippleside Park, 42 Bell Parade Rippleside VIC 3215

Indigo Shire Changing Places

Indigo Shire Council

Isaacs Avenue Yackandandah VIC 3749

Apex Park Moe - All Abilities Play Space

Latrobe City Council

Waterloo Road Moe VIC 3825

Kensington Community Recreation Centre Redevelopment Changing Places

Melbourne City Council

111 Altona Street Kensington VIC 3031

Caroline Springs Leisure Centre Changing Places

Melton City Council

9-19 The Parade Caroline Springs VIC 3023

Life Changing Places - Mildura

Mildura Rural City Council

118 Hugh King Drive Mildura VIC 3500

Ascot Vale Leisure Centre Changing Places

Moonee Valley City Council

Corner Langs and Epsom Road Ascot Vale VIC 3032

Flinders Community Hub Changing Places

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

54-56 Cook Street Flinders VIC 3929

Point Leo Main Beach Changing Places

Point Leo Foreshore Committee of Management

51 Western Parade Point Leo VIC 3916

Further Information

Key documents available for download.