About Universal Design

Universal design is a design process that is inclusive of a diverse population. The aim of universal design is to improve human performance, health and wellness, and social participation.

Universal design is a process of thinking and designing inclusively, whether it is a house, website, product, service, or a learning program. Universal design is itself explained in a diversity of ways across the world: “design-for-all” and “inclusive design” are other terms used.

Universal design is an international movement recognised by the World Health Organisation and the United Nations. The WHO Age Friendly Cities program and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability both cite universal design as a way to create greater social and economic inclusion for everyone. Australian state and federal policy documents also recognise universal design as the way forward for creating greater inclusion for everyone. With the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and policy changes planned for older people, everyone needs to be ready to embrace the principles of universal design in their daily work.


About the Conference

Centre for Universal Design Australia (CUDA) and Council On The Ageing QLD (COTA QLD) is pleased to bring you the 3rd Australian Universal Design Conference. After the success of both the inaugural conference in 2014 and the second Universal Design Conference in 2016, we have once again set our sights across the wide world of universal design. This year the theme is, “Home and Away: Creating Inclusion Everywhere” with a focus on housing and tourism. The theme can extend to services, ICT, media as well as design of the built environment and open space. This conference comes with a promise to broaden delegates’ thinking about UD and the many ways it can be utilised and applied.