18 - 20 October 2017, Brisbane

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  • Join us at ACCESS 2017 | Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)
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You're invited!

ACCESS 2017, proudly hosted by ACAA, will be held from 18 - 20 October 2017 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane, Queensland. 

The conference theme is:

Accessible Wayfinding Experiences – Events & Destinations 
Are we there yet?

The Association of Consultants in Access Australia are excited to be hosting their 2017 Conference at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Brisbane offers delegates an opportunity to explore a city which is rich in accessible wayfinding experiences. The city is a showcase of cutting edge accessible wayfinding imagery and information from complete precincts with raised tactile and Braille Mapping. Many of its major buildings and streets are bursting with accessible wayfinding information that is signed in multiple languages, including Braille and shopping precincts providing talking and digital wayfinding options. Brisbane is the place to be to experience accessible wayfinding.


The 2017 year will be when many people, especially designers in the Australian Construction Industry, will be talking about wayfinding. There will be a new Australian Standard on accessible wayfinding signage which ACAA and some of its members had lead roles in drafting. Not only will some of the Standards Committee be presenting papers at the conference, we also expect that a number of our trade exhibitors will be eager to show attendees how their products will meet these new minimum standards. ACCESS 2017 is the place to be if you want to learn about this new standard.


Technology will certainly be important when developing Performance Solutions for the National Construction Code wayfinding requirements, once it references this new standard. This conference will showcase wayfinding technology, whether it be handheld, digital, audio or sensory, the conference will explore how to use technology to solve wayfinding questions in accessible ways. Performance Solutions which are technology based will be where the best design firms will head to ensure their buildings are experiences for all people to enjoy. Wayfinding Designers will encourage attendees to think outside the box and will show how this type of thinking will allow them to meet their obligations under Building and Disability Discrimination Law. 


Of course, any conference in Brisbane in 2017 which is about access, will also take a close look at the up and coming Commonwealth Games and the legacy that its new and upgraded facilities will deliver to Queensland. Our conference will be a buzz with discussions about the positive benefits of this significant international sporting event. We expect that many presentations will take a close look at the projects being delivered for GC2018, what legacies the projects will leave behind for the Gold Coast and Queensland and also what wayfinding systems will be in place for GC2018.

ACCESS 2017 Subcommittee