Introduction to Accessible Performance-Based Design

Introduction to Accessible Performance-Based Design

TBC 2021
Delivery options: 
UNSW Red Centre West Wing AGSU Room - Level 2, Room 2001 UNSW Sydney Sydney, NSW 2000

Area of Interest: Architecture, Building & Planning

Creating accessible built environments is fundamental to ensuring the liveability of our cities. In this course you'll be provided with a foundational understanding of Performance Based Design in access using the new Verification Methods DV2 and DV3 which now form part of the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019.

The course is aimed at all professionals in the Building Industry.

Key Information


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of the application of the Performance Provisions of the NCC
  • demonstrate an ability to interpret and communicate background and objectives of the Disability Access Performance Provisions
  • demonstrate understanding of Disability Access Verification Methods DV2 and DV3
  • summarise performance based design as outlined in the ABCB Access Handbook.
Learning Strategy

A combination of blended learning (part on-line, part off site and part on site in the classroom) and case study which will be built around the attendee participating in a the design and assessment of a performance based design solution (utilising DV2 and/or DV3 of NCC 2019).

CPD Points

Members may be eligible to claim CPD points. Check with your relevant institute's CPD policy.

On completion of the course you will receive a statement of attendance from UNSW.


$1800 excl. GST

$180 GST

$1980 incl. GST

UNSW Alumni are eligible for a 10% discount - please email for your discount code.

If you are a UNSW staff member, please refer to the UNSW Staff Tuition Fee Subsidy Policy to see if you are eligible for a discount.

If you would like to pay by another method, please email

Who is this course for?

Professionals in the Building Industry such as Architects, Builders, Engineers, Building Certifiers, Access Consultants and Occupational Therapists across government and the private sector who may wish to expand their knowledge to be better able to participate in the development of performance based access solutions based on enabling design principles using the Verification Methods set out in DV2 and DV3 of NCC 2019.

Course Convenors

Professor Catherine Bridge is an international expert in enabling design. Dr Bridge's specialty is enabling design, particularly for people with disability, and she is pioneering design tools that enable built environments to work for everyone - using evidence and BIM to inform design. Dr Bridge leads innovative research projects that have provided the evidence needed to directly influence national policy and standards, including the National Construction Code. As the Founder and Director of the Home Modification Information Clearinghouse, a Commonwealth project that has run continuously since 2002, her research has helped improve the quality of life of many thousands of people with disability in 190 countries around the world.

Adjunct Associate Professor Hamish MacLennan is an international expert in safe movement. Dr MacLennan's speciality is Human Factors and Inclusive Life Safety Consulting and Research. Dr Maclennan offers a human factors and inclusive approach to the creation and analysis of urban space that will encourage safe movement of human beings. He is passionate about the creation of pedestrian friendly environments encourages people to get out and walk. His research concerns the risk of falling and how that can be mitigated in a number of ways as optimum inclusive solutions with reduced risk result in a win-win result for all stakeholders. Dr MacLennan's research can also be used as a user-based training tool to improve the way they move around the space. Improved trial evacuation performance is n example.


What is our Partcipant Agreement and refund policy?

Read the full Cancellation Policy here.

Other questions about the course?

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Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

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Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

If you cannot attend one of our seminars, you are able to transfer your ticket to another person from your firm. However, you must notify BE with the replacement's contact details at least 48 hours before the event.