Bernie Clifford

Director – Before Compliance – PTY LTD.    ABN: 83 600 840 739

Accredited Access Consultant and Associate Member of Access Consultants Association of Australia (ACAA);

BSc. (Nursing, Biology); B.A. Hons (Media Arts);

Graduate Cert (Arts & Entertainment Management);

Cert IV Workplace Training & Assessment.

After  completing  degrees  and  post  graduate  studies  in  science,  nursing  and  the  media  arts  Bernie  ran  a  media production  and  exhibition  company  winning  two  international  awards.  In  2006  Bernie  became  the  Industry  and Audience Development Manager for Arts Access Victoria (Arts Victoria’s peak body for disability and the arts). The role was to provide training and education to create audience sustainability and growth within the arts industry, specifically including  people  with  disabilities.  Bernie  capitalized  on  the  opportunity  to  provide  universal  access  training  and resources to festival, venues and events for arts performers, administrators, staff and patrons with disabilities and included  their  companions,  carers  and  friends.  Bernie’s  consulting  and  his  development  of  Arts  Access  Victoria’s Disability Awareness Training provided the arts venues, festivals and events with the skills and knowledge to ensure Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliance.

In 2007 Bernie joined Nick Morris at Morris Goding Accessibility Consulting (MGAC) and expanded his knowledge and skills in universal accessibility and DDA compliance to apply them to new and refurbished building projects in sectors such as sports stadiums, hospitals, tertiary education and research buildings/campuses, community hubs, residential and mixed-use developments, retail, sport and recreational centres including aquatic centres and performing and exhibition arts centres. At the same time Bernie sat on the Disability Advisory Committees for the City of Greater Geelong (DAC & COGG) and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC).

In 2009 Bernie became the Associate Director of MGAC (VIC) Pty Ltd and continued to be the Senior DDA Consultant and Project Manager for a vast array of projects, with highlights such as the Metricon Gold Coast Stadium development, and international projects such as the 2010 Asian Para Games Guangzhou, China and the 2011 Para Pan American Games Guadalajara, Mexico.

Since May 2011 the application of the 2010 Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standards is obligatory to all refurbishments  and  new  developments,  which  has  created  a  number  of  grey  areas  and  concern  across  building surveyors, developers and property owners. Bernie believes that the new standards assist with DDA compliance only with respect to the base building component, and that they fall short in guaranteeing DDA compliance to the provision of goods or services or access within the fitout or workplace specific facilities.

MGAC delivered invaluable compliance services to the design, development and construction industries and in mid-2010 merged with a national company to form One Group ID to continue delivering DDA consultancy.

In October 2011, Bernie started his own company ‘Before Compliance’ to continue to provide cost effective, practical DDA recommendations and compliance solutions and sign-off for new and existing building projects and events. Bernie is  able  to  provide  clear  indications  of  DDA  compliance requirements  and  provide  recommendations,  alternative solutions or exemptions where applicable.

Before Compliance


As a associate member of the Access Consultants Association of Australia (ACAA), Before Compliance will ensure the project complies with the spirit and intent of Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), within the project scope.


Design Reviews: Design Reviews: DDA Alternative Solution/Compliance Confirmation – single design phase / Concept/Town Planning/Schematic/Detail/Tender/Construction

  • Attend Project Meetings –attend as needed for project meetings  (Plus Up to 2 per Design Phase workshops  and up to 2 site inspections in construction phase)
  • Review provided designs, specifications and schedules.
  • Identify Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standard 2010 and AS1428 series departures and DDA issues.
  • Provide recommendations to ensure DDA compliance.
  • Produce design reviews at each of the key stages of design.
  • Provide a DDA Compliance Statement including compliance to the Disability (Access to Premises -Buildings) Standards, AS1428.1 and other relevant Australian Standards as applicable to the scope of works and phase of the design.
  • Provide BCA& DDA Alternative Solutions, Dispensations and Exemptions when applicable.


Phase 1 Concept Design / Town Planning $  TBC
Phase 2 Schematic Design $  TBC
Phase 3 Detailed Design / Design Development $  TBC
Phase 4 Contract / Tender Documentation $  TBC
Phase 5 Construction/ Contract Administration $  TBC
DDA Audit $  TBC
DDA Alternative Solutions/Compliance Confirmation $  TBC
Total Sum Ex GST $  XXXXXXX


  • All Fees exclude GST.
  • Additional works outside the scope of works will be charged at a rate of $2,000.00 per day or $250.00 per hour.
  • All disbursements are inclusive of consulting fees.
  • Travel expenses which include airfares, transfers and accommodation are not included in the fee and will be charged at cost.
  • Payment terms are 14 days from receipt of invoice up to $2000.00
  • Payment terms are 28 days from receipt of invoice over $2000.00
  • Cancellation fees may apply if the project is cancelled after commencement.  Hours worked to date will be charged at $250 per hour OR 50% of the overall quoted project cost, whichever is greater.
  • Project costs quoted here are valid for a period of 90 days from the date of this proposal and may be revised thereafter.


Professional Indemnity:

  • $20,000,000

Public Liability:

  • $20,000,000


The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) is a Federal Government legislation enacted in 1993 that seeks to ensure all new building infrastructure, refurbishments, services and transport projects provide functional, equitable and independent accessibility.   The DDA is a complaints based legislation, which is administered by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). For any built environment the key requirement of the DDA is to ensure functionality, equity and independence of movement by people with disabilities, their companions, family and care givers.

For base building compliance to the DDA the development is required to ensure designs will provide components of the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standard (2010)  and the Australian Standard AS 1428.1 (2009) design for access and mobility and AS2890.6 (2009) standards.

Compliance with these elements does not necessarily mean compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act if the elements of equality, independence and functionality remain compromised within an environment.  The use of AS 1428 series provides further accessibility and DDA compliance and enhancement.

A DDA consultant can assist in identifying the DDA issues relating to the Disability (Access to Premises – Buildings) Standard (2010), and provide recommendations, alternative solutions or exemption confirmation to achieve compliance.