Facilitating Universal Design through our Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2017-2020

Statement of intent

To create and maintain an accessible and inclusive environment for all.

How will this be achieved

Curtin has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to providing a quality experience to a diverse student and staff body. Universal design is about acknowledging and designing for this diversity from the outset.

Since 2007, Curtin has been committed to becoming a centre of excellence in universal design practice among Australian universities and to use the principles of universal design in our buildings, processes, academic programs, information technologies, services and handling of complaints.

The principles of universal design*

  • Equitable use: The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.
  • Flexibility in use: The design accommodates a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.
  • Simple and intuitive use: Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user’s experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.
  • Perceptible information: The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user’s sensory abilities.
  • Tolerance for error: The design minimises hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.
  • Low physical effort: The design can be used efficiently and comfortably with minimum fatigue.
  • Size and space for approach and use: Appropriate size and space is provided for approach, reach, manipulation, and use regardless of user’s body size, posture, or mobility.

* The Center for Universal Design (1997). The Principles of Universal Design, Version 2.0. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina State University.

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Strategic Alignment of the DAIP

Curtin has a number of achievements in universal design, including the newly developed Universal Design Guidelines – Built Form – a first for Australian universities. These Guidelines will support not only the work of Curtin staff, but also our agents and contractors who undertake work on Curtin’s behalf.

Our new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2017-2020 (DAIP) seeks to align our commitment to access, inclusion and universal design with Curtin’s new strategic plan, and to deliver on excellence.

Over the next three years Curtin is committed to:

  • increasing staff awareness of the principles of universal design
  • increasing our capability to deliver on universal design
  • including universal design thinking into our everyday practices
  • demonstrating leadership in universal design thinking.

These commitments will also inform Curtin’s intentions to consolidate its achievements of the DAIP 2012 -2017, when staff will:

  • be better informed about the achievements
  • helped to embed the achievements in their day-to-day work
  • evaluate the achievements.