Up to $100,000 is available to support not-for-profit organisations and/or Local Government to construct a Changing Places facility.
The 2017 Changing Places funding round provides $2 million to support up to twenty additional Changing Places facilities across Victoria.
Changing Places facilities are larger than standard accessible toilets, and have 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, space for two people and a safer and cleaner environment. It will support the 326,400 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 originated in the United Kingdom in 2006 when a group of organisations working to support the rights of people with profound and multiple disabilities formed the Changing Places Consortium. This consortium led a campaign to install facilities in big public spaces so people with disabilities could access their community. The success of this campaign resulted in over 900 toilets being built across the United Kingdom.
Changing Places facilities were introduced to Australia in 2012, when Maroondah City Council established a relationship with Changing Places UK, developed a design for Australia and received permission to use the Changing Places name and symbol. The first Information Kit with design specifications was released in Australia in November 2013.
Victorian Government funding was provided in 2014 for six facilities:
- Melbourne Cricket Ground (opened 1 April 2015)
- Melbourne Zoo (opened 21 September 2015)
- Victoria Park, Ballarat (opened 19 March 2016)
- St Kilda Lifesaving Club (opened 11 February 2017)
- Shepparton CBD (to be completed mid 2017)
- Marveloo mobile van, available for hire at events and festivals (operated by Maroondah City Council).
The Association for Children with a Disability was also funded to support the implementation of Changing Places and promote and educate other organisations and venues about Changing Places.
This funding round will:
- establish a network of Changing Places facilities across Victoria
- support Victorians with high support needs to participate in their local community and access recreational and tourist attractions, parks, community spaces, entertainment and sporting venues
- support the implementation of Absolutely Everyone: State Disability Plan 2017-2020 and its universal design approach, by making the built environment usable for as many people as possible through the construction of the facilities.
Funding of up to $100,000 (plus GST) will be available to not-for-profit organisations and/or Local Government Authorities (Victorian) to construct a facility in their community.
Projects will need to:
- demonstrate an identified need from people with disabilities, their families, friends and carers for a Changing Places facility in their locality and provide evidence of the extent of local support for a Changing Places facility.
- demonstrate social, economic and accessibility benefits for people with a disability.
- be built according to the funding design specifications and be accredited as a Changing Place.
Funding is available to incorporated not-for-profit organisations and/or Local Government Authorities (Victorian).
Applications close 13 October 2017.
The Andrews Labor Government is investing $2 million in new accessible bathrooms across the state, to boost access and equality for Victorians with a disability.
Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley today urged local governments and not-for-profit organisations to apply for one of 20 grants to help build a Changing Place in their community.
Changing Places are larger than standard accessible toilets that have extra features and more space to meet the needs of people with a disability.
Each facility has a height-adjustable, adult-size changing bench, a tracking hoist system and space for two people in a safe and clean environment.
The facilities support more than 326,000 Victorians with complex disabilities and enable greater participation within the community.
The Labor Government has funded Changing Places at Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Victoria Park in Ballarat and a mobile Marveloo available for public hire at events and festivals managed by Maroondah City council. A sixth facility located in the Shepparton CBD is scheduled for completion this year.
Applications are open until 13 October.
For more information go to www.dhs.vic.gov.au/changingplaces