ACAA is the national association administering the membership of accessibility professionals in all fields of access consulting. The membership of the Association are major contributors to the advancement of accessibility within Australia, with members sitting on Standards committees and industry advisory committees.
ACAA was incorporated in 2000 primarily established as a result of consultation with key stakeholder groups and individuals working in the area of disability. The Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA), Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) and the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) contributed to the establishment of the ACAA.
The objectives of the Association are to act as the national body representing access consultants, and to:
- developing and implementing a set of standards for accredited members
- administer the national process for accrediting of members
- assist with planning of educational courses suitable for the accreditation of its members
- to promote accredited access consultants
- continuing professional development of members
ACAA also serves as the national advisory body for accessibility for people with a disability, in relation to equity of accessibility within the built environment. ACAA contributes to:
- Government and community policies, codes, and regulations
- Assists with the education of other built environment practitioners, including building designers
- Undertakes research on built environmental accessibility
There are 5 levels of membership to ACAA to which you can apply:
- Corporate Member
- Retired Member
There are also 3 categories of membership appointed by the Management Committee:
- Honorary Member
- Life Member
By Lee Wilson, Disability Access Consultant / DDA Consultant, Melbourne, Victoria. Lee is an Accredited Member of the Association of Consultants in Access, Australia Inc.