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The State Government of Victoria, Australia, Launches Design For Everyone Guide


A simple-to-use web portal unveiled today by Minister for Sport John Eren will mean architects, designers and project managers are just a click away from making public places more accessible to all Victorians.


The guide targets recreation, sport and public spaces, but we believe it is equally applicable to general tourism infrastructure and the development of an Accessible Tourism Strategy. The opportunity now exists to develop a comprehensive "whole of government" approach to promote Victoria as an Inclusive Destination. Given that both portfolios are held by Minister Eren and the Victorian Visitor Economy is under review it will be a missed opportunity not to develop a capacity in Accessible Tourism and extend the guide into a resource for the tourism industry.




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In launching the guide Minister Eren said:

"Diversity is what makes Victoria great, but it means our sport and recreation facilities and public places need to be able to cater for everyone – no matter their age, gender or ability. Universal Design principals are a key requirement of Sport and Recreation Victoria funding applications."

The Minister went on to say:

"We’re committed to investing in projects that make a real difference to everyone. That means ensuring our sports areas are accessible to all Victorians.”

Universal Design is the concept that puts people at the heart of the design process. It ensures buildings, programs and environments are designed to meet the needs of everyone.

The Design for Everyone Guide is an online resource featuring the Universal Design principles, which will assist builders and planners develop spaces like pools, gardens, playgrounds, trails and stadiums that are accessible to everyone.

The practical, easy-to-use resource will provide general and technical information to assist a range of professionals, including landscape architects, civil engineers and building certifiers. The guide is a must-have for anyone wanting to develop public infrastructure that is inclusive, welcoming and universally designed.

Mr Eren encouraged the sector to become champions of Universal Design, so that Victoria becomes a world-leader in best practice.

Applicants for funding through the Government’s $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund will be required to address a Universal Design criteria. The fund is helping clubs update tired grounds and build the facilities they need, and is making sport and recreation a part of the lives of all Victorians.

We would like to see a similar fund to encourage Universal Design applied to key tourism infrastructure.

View the Design For Everyone Guide



TravAbility was founded in 2007 by Bill Forrester and Deborah Davis.

Our mission is to be agents of change; to inspire people who have never traveled before to do so, and to inspire others to do more. To encourage all cultures of the world to see disability as an integral part of life, and to provide the motivation and tools to the tourism industry to allow them to create accessible environments that enable inclusion in an economically sustainable way.

We offer a range of services to tourism operators and Destination Marketing Boards to enable them to take advantage of the growing Accessible Tourism market. Our core approach is program oriented focusing on the product and service needs of people with a disability an developing a culture of innovation to attract this highly profitable and rapidly growing market:

  • Development of Access Statements
  • Product, service and program development
  • Development of "Soft Infrastructure" policies and procedures
  • Staff and Management Training
  • Marketing Services and Toolkits
  • Access information kits
  • Industry Presentations and Conference Keynotes and Capacity Building Workshops
  • Property Audits and Universal Design planning
  • Self Audit Tools
  • National/State/Regional Park Guides and Trail Maps
  • Diversity and Inclusion Strategy development
  • Disability Action Plans
  • New Project planning and Development
  • Stock Imagery through PhotoAbility
  • Accommodation listings through TravAbility Properties

For more information on how you can make your business more attractive to the traveler with a disability contact Bill or Deborah.