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Australian Rules and Regulations Document for the production, manufacturing and installation of disability signage. Please use for quoting, planning and implementing your accessibility signage. These rules apply to all buildings as of 2009.

Note: These standards apply to all buildings. Also see PRICES HERE

Source extract: 
Regulatory Impact Statement & Regulation Braille and Tactile Signs

Source extract:
Australian Standards AS 1428.1 & AS 1735.12

Specification D3.6 Braille & Tactile signs
1 Use of International Symbol  
  Where the international symbol of access is used, it shall comply with the requirements of AS 1428.1  
a) The symbol of access shall consist of two elements, a stylised figure in a wheelchair and a plain square background.
b) The proportional layout of the symbol of access shall be in accordance with colors. The blue shall be B21 Ultramarine.
c) Blue and White
d) For signs identifying a facility, the figure shall face to the right.
e) For signs indicating the direction to a facility, the figure shall face the direction of travel needed to reach the building.
Note: The sign may be used either with or WITHOUT a directional arrow.
2 Braille and Tactile signage  
2.1 General  
  Braille and tactile signs shall comply with the requirements as shown here at Australia Signs website.  
2.2 Location of braille and tactile signs  
  Signs including symbols, numbering and lettering shall be constructed and installed as follows:  
a) Signs shall be located not less than 1200mm and no higher than 1600mm above the floor or ground surface.
b) Signs with single lines of characters shall have the line of tactile characters at 1250-1350mm height above the floor or ground surface.
c) Signs identifying rooms containing features or facilities listed, shall be located on the wall on the latch side of the door. The leading edge of the sign shall be located between 50-300 mm from the architrave. In the event of insufficient latch side dimension a sign may be placed on the non-latch side of the door. Where this is not possible, it may be placed on the door itself.
Preference is 'next to door placement'.
d) Signs identifying paths of travel shall be placed so they are located directly ahead in the direction of travel. Where one wall continues in the direction of travel and the other forms a corner, the sign shall be placed on the continuing wall.
2.3 Tactile/Braille sign specification  
  The following applies to tactile/braille sign orientation.  
a) Tactile characters shall be raised or embossed to a height of no less than 1mm and no more than 1.5mm
b) Characters shall have a height of not less than 17.5mm for each metre of viewing distance
c) Upper case tactile characters shall have a height of no less than 15 mm and no more than 55 mm
d) Lower case tactile characters shall have a height of 50% of the related upper case characters.
e) Tactile characters, symbols, and the like, shall have rounded edges.
f) The entire sign, including frame shall have all edges rounded
g) The surface of the sign is to be continuous for hygiene purposes.
h) Signs shall be constructed so as to resist the removal of letters and braille dots by picking or adhesive failure.
i) The background, negative space or fill of signs shall be matte or low sheen finish
j) The characters, symbols, logos and other features of signs sahll be matte or low sheen finish
k) Minimum letter spacing of tactile characters shall be 2 mm
l) Minimum word space of tactile characters on signs shall be 10 mm
m) Fonts with letters of constant stroke thickness shall be used.
n) Thickness of letter stroke shall be no less than 2 mm and no more than 7mm. (WOS Weight of Stroke)
o) Text contining multiple words shall be left justified. Single words may be centre justified.
2.4 Luminance-contrast  
  The following applies to luminance-contrast  
a) The background, negative space or fill of a sign or border shall have aminimum lunance-contrast with the surface on which it mounted of 30%. In other words. Dark blue panel sign would not work against black wall.
b) If required, A border shall be provided for luminance-contrast with the sign's background and a shall have a minimum of 5mm
c) Tactile characters, letters, icons and symbols shall have a minimum 30% luminance-contrast with their background or fill within the sign
d) Luminance-contrasts shall be met under the lighting conditions in which the sign is to located displayed.
2.5 Lighting  
  Braille and tactile signs shall be illuminated wihere required to ensure luminance-contrast requirements are met at all times during which the sign is required to be accessible. In other words, passageways must have adequate natural and artificial lighting WHEN opening hours suggest normal traffic AND if passage ways are used for emergency exits or night time situations. Any sign should be viewable.  
2.6 Braille  
  The following applies to braille:  
a) Braille shall comply with the Australian Braille Authority
b) Braille shall be raised, domed.
c) Braille used shall be grade 1 braille (uncontracted).
d) Braille shall be located 8mm below the bottom line of text (not including descenders).
e) Braille shall be left justified
f) Where an arrow is used in the tactile sign, a small arrow shall be provided for braille readers
g) On signs with multiple lines of text and characters, a semi circular braille locator at teh left margin shall be horizontally aligned with the first line braille text.
E1 Extract from Australian Standard AS 1428.1-2001  
14.4 Form of Signs  
  The requirements of signs indicating access for people with disabilities are as follows:
NOTE: Signs should provide information in tactile and braille formates, to be accessible to people who are blind or vision impaired.
a) Sign shall be set out in a modular form indicating the continuous accessible path of travel. An adequate number of signs should be purchased and installed for ease of identification and destination travel.
Do not fail because too few signs have been purchased.
b) Where a standard symbol exists in accordance with AS 2899.1, facilities shall be identified by the use of that symbol.
c) Where a standard symbol does not exist, facilities should be identified by the use of words letters.
d) The size, type and layout of lettering the signs shall be clear and legible. Helvetica Medium typeface is preferred.
e) Raised tactile information shall be provided on signs located below 1600mm from the finished ground or floor surface.
f) Where they are clearly visible to people in both seated and standing position.
1. Signs should be placed within a zone at a height not less than 1.2 metres and not more than 1.6 metres above finished floor plane. Where space is not available, the sign may installed not less than 1 metre. This height assists people to read from either a seated or standing position, and assists people with low vision to read the information on the sign. Too low or too high is not accepted.

2. Where a sign can be temporality obscured, eg. in a crowd, the sign should placed o not less than 2000mm above the plane of the finished floor.
g) At sites where directional decisions are made, to enable the appropriate decisions to be made before a change of direction occurs.
h) Where the surface of the wall surrounding the sign provides sufficient contrast to the sign. At the locations with insufficient contrast (e.g. patterned wallpapers,), the background to the sing shall be increased in size.
NOTES  General  
  1. The message that the sign carries should be unambiguous.  
  2. Floor plans or maps should provide information in tactile and Braille formats to be accessible to people who are blind or vision imparied.  



Note: These standards apply to all buildings.



Sydney Signs BrailleBraille signs Sydney wide. From our new factory we supply Sydney signs in braille, raised tactile and safety and access. Toilet door signs with little international toilet door man, woman or wheelchair. Wheelchair door signage and other disabled symbols such as access, first aid, ramp, stairs etc. Australian standard compliant AS1428.1-2001 & BCA D3.6 and Australian Guarantee. You can buy online or use the new free phone to dial free.

Melbourne Braille SignsMelbourne Braille Signs and tactile products including building and wall, office and yard. From our business and warehouse, we supply many Melbourne signs made in braille. The standard design is made for Melbourne Sydney Brisbane Adelaide Nationally.

Note: when a different backing is used, the wheelchair logo must remain blue and white as shown. This is to comply with standards.


Brisbane Signs Braille Tactile linkBrisbane Braille Signs and tactile products. From the standard list of braille signage designs to full project specific designs, our team can assist you in achieving the new building code compliance requirements. Each accessibility design follow exact guidelines for Australian Signage conditions and uses well recognised international symbols. We have the full set.

Unbeatable prices you can buy from our large warehouse full of stock. Signage that is fully compliant with the Building Code of Australia. See Building Standards Code Document here. A full range of color options, self adhesive backing for easy of installation and on-line purchasing all make our tactile building signage easy. 20 Year guarantee too!. Simply call us or order on-line!


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