AUST – Hendry advise that the Building Code of Australia allows a unisex facility required for people with a disability, may be counted once for each sex under Clause F2.2(c ) for the calculation of the required number of sanitary facilities to be provided.

This therefore means that if for example in a building permit application there is a requirement for a toilet block to contain 10 toilets (5 for the male and 5 for the female) the installation of a single unisex toilet for disability access will mean that only 9 toilets will be required (4 for the male, 4 for the female and 1 unisex  facility).

Alternatively for a small business employing 10 or less people in a building, the Building Code of Australia permits a single unisex facility to be provided instead of separate facilities for each sex. The installation of a single unisex accessible sanitary facility for people with a disability will therefore satisfy the Disability Access Code requirements whilst also complying with the required number of toilets for the staff under the Building Code of Australia.

The provision of a single unisex sanitary facility for people with a disability is therefore particularly relevant and useful for small buildings where there is limited space available and where the business employs 10 or less people in the building.

Refer to our Building Legislation table for further information on the building certification and the Building Act.