Improving access to community facilities and more Changing Places

The Victorian Government has announced the recipients of grant funding to improve access to community facilities and 19 new Changing Places, making it easier for all Victorians to join in community and social activities.
12 October 2022

Victorians will be able to enjoy better access to community facilities and 19 new Changing Places thanks to $5.4 million in grant funding.

This funding will help make it easier for all Victorians to join in community and social activities. This includes people with disability, autism, and dementia.

Grants for universal design improvements

The Victorian Government has announced that 27 organisations will receive universal design grants to help ensure programs and services are accessible to as many people as possible inclusive of age, disability, gender identity, culture, and language.

The grants, totalling $2.4 million, will support both small and large-scale improvement to facilities.

Local communities will enjoy a range of accessible upgrades thanks to these grants. Funded projects include:

  • dementia-friendly sensory gardens
  • accessible beach items such as wheelchair beach access matting and portable lifts  
  • quiet sensory areas and
  • accessible doorways, ramps, toilets and signage.

To find out more about universal design visit the Universal Design webpage on the Service Providers website.

Small grants stream (between $10,000 to $100,000)

Grant recipients include:

Grant organisation Project name Grant amount
ACMI ACMI’s Universal Design Upgrades $57,800
Alpine Shire Council Myrtleford Memorial Hall Revival - Universal Design $100,000
Apollo Bay & District Historical Society Incorporated New Covered entrance ramp and disabled access $29,370
Avenel Jubilee Park Committee of Management Avenel Community Hub all abilities project $29,476
Ballarat Group Training Barkly Square Accessibility Plan $100,000
Bass Coast Shire Council Rhyll Mechanics Hall Improvement Project $100,000
Beaconsfield Officer Scouts Group Supporting ASD youth with Sensory Issues $10,000
Camperdown Pastoral and Agricultural Society ACCESS a LOO $23,636
Cardinia Shire Council Access Upgrade Program: Beaconsfield Officer Scouts $70,000
Chiltern Neighbourhood House Chiltern Neighbourhood House Dementia-friendly and Sensory Garden $80,910
City of Port Phillip Powered wheelchair storage facility $30,000
Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority Anglesea Accessible Beaches Upgrade $54,779
Indigo Shire Council Rutherglen Maternal and Child Health Centre and Youth Centre Universal Access Project $65,000
Indigo Shire Council Chiltern Senior Citizens Clubrooms Universal Access Improvements $85,500
Indigo Shire Council Rutherglen Senior Citizens Clubrooms Universal Access Project $26,200
Koorie Heritage Trust Inc Koorie Heritage Trust First Nations signage upgrade $47,618
Orwil Street Community House Acoustic Panels for Orwil Street $10,000
Remembrance Parks Central Victoria An Accessible Memorial Centre $4,870
Waranga Boat Club Inc Waranga Boat Club Clubhouse Access Improvement $75,000
Warracknabeal Band and Scout Hall Committee Warracknabeal band and Scout Hall Amenities Upgrade Project $51,336
Yarra City Council CSCC Southern Entry Upgrade $90,200
Large grants stream (between $100,001 to $500,000)

Grant recipients include:

Grant organisation Project name Grant amount
Campaspe Shire Council Victoria Park Boat Ramp Universal Access Project $445,683
Collingwood Yards Universal design in public spaces at Collingwood Yards arts precinct $128,313
Moonee Valley City Council Incinerator Gallery Accessible Lift $211,750
Nillumbik Shire Council Alistair Knox Park $233,431
Phillip Island Nature Parks Pyramid Rock Toilet Renewal $135,000
Queenscliffe Maritime Museum Incorporated Building an accessible ramp to experience museum exhibit Vessel Mavis III $122,709

Changing Places grants

In addition, more than $3 million in grant funding will help expand Victoria’s network of Changing Places toilets. 

There are 19 organisations receiving grants as part of the 2022 Changing Places funding round. 

Changing Places provide suitable facilities for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets. They allow people with disability with high support needs to fully take part in the community.

To find out more about Changing Places visit the Changing Places webpage on the Service Providers website.

Grant recipients
Organisation name Project name Grant amount
Banyule City Council Changing Places - WaterMarc $100,000
Barwon Coast Committee of Management Ocean Grove Main Beach Changing Places Facility $180,000
Bayside City Council Beaumaris Art Studios Changing Places $180,000
Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management Portarlington Main Beach Public Amenity $180,000
Bendigo City Council Heathcote Changing Place $180,000
City of Melbourne Munro Library and Community Hub $180,000
Colac Otway Shire Council Memorial Square Public Toilets $180,000
Darebin City Council Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre $26,152
East Gippsland Council Lakes Entrance Changing Places Facility $180,000
Falls Creek Resorts Falls Creek Foreshore Facilities Upgrade $180,000
Hobsons Bay City Council Bruce Comben Reserve Community Area and All Abilities Play Space $180,000
Indigo Shire Council Martins Park Changing Place Facility Project $180,000
Maroondah City Council Jubilee Park Recreation Precinct Ringwood $180,000
Mildura Shire Council Changing Places Fit Out - Mildura Sporting Precinct $148,550
Murrindindi Shire Council Absolutely Everyone changes at the Eildon Splash and Play Park $136,800
Nillumbik Shire Council Alistair Knox Park $180,000
Rural City of Wangaratta Apex Park Changing Places $180,000
Southern Grampians Changing Places in Hamilton $180,000
Wodonga City Council Junction Square Bike Hub & Changing Place $143,530