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Free access to WA Changing Places facilities extended until end of August

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We wish to inform all WA Companion Card holders that the free offer to receive Master Locksmiths Association Keys (MLAK) to unlock a national network of Changing Places toilet facilities has been extended until Friday, 31 August 2018.

A Changing Place is an accessible and customised public bathroom for people who cannot use universal access toilets. The facility includes a ceiling hoist, adult changing table, a secure automatic door and space for two support people.

The key and locking system ensures the Changing Place facilities in WA are available to those who need them, and safe and secure when not in use.

There are about 200,000 Australians with disability who require assistance to meet their bathroom and personal hygiene needs. Without appropriate public facilities, their options are limited and their opportunities to actively participate in community life are restricted.

NDS in WA is calling on our members to assist in engaging with WA Companion Cardholders you support to ensure they have considered the MLAK offer and have support to take up the offer if required.

Disability sector organisations and other eligible parties can purchase MLAKs through the Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia. Find more information on purchasing a MLAK.

People with disability who require Changing Places and are not Companion Card holders can apply for a free MLAK on a case-by-case basis. Information on how to apply is available by calling 9242 5544 or emailing

Contact information
Jane Cousins, Project Lead - Access and Inclusion, 08 9208 9830, submit enquiry/feedback