Introducing Changing Places in Bendigo: Accessible facilities for all

by | 25 Aug, 2023 | News, RIAC

We’ve recently discovered that many individuals and organisations in Bendigo are unaware of the key to the Changing Places facilities. We want to raise awareness and ensure that these crucial facilities are utilised by those who need them. Here’s everything you need to know about Changing Places:

 What are Changing Places?

Changing Places are specially designed facilities in Bendigo that enable community members with high support needs to fully participate in their local community and enjoy recreational and tourist attractions, parks, community spaces, entertainment, and sporting venues. These facilities go beyond standard accessible toilets, offering additional features such as a height-adjustable changing bench, tracking hoist system, and ample space for two people.

 Where can you find Changing Places in Bendigo?

You can locate Changing Places at the following Bendigo locations:

  • Bendigo Train Station – Bendigo Station, Railway Place, Bendigo, 3550
  • Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre – 9 Browning Street, Kangaroo Flat, 3555
  • Hargreaves Street Multi Story Car Park – 244-254 Hargreaves St, Bendigo, 3550
  • Bendigo Government Hub – 195-229 Lyttleton Terrace, Bendigo, Victoria 3550

Stay tuned! More Changing Places will be available soon in the surrounding areas. In fact, you can discover over 259 Changing Places across Australia by visiting

How can you obtain a key to access these facilities?

To access Changing Places in Bendigo, you’ll need a key. Here’s how you can obtain one:

For Companion Card Holders:

If you possess a Companion Card, you can obtain a key for free. Simply visit the MLAK order form for Victorian Companion Card holders and fill it out.

 No Companion Card? No worries!

Even if you don’t have a Companion Card, you can still obtain a key by following these steps:

Fill out the attached form or use the online form provided here to complete the MLAK order form.

Attach one of the following documents as proof of eligibility:

  • Copy of your Disability Card
  • Copy of your Disability Parking Permit
  • Letter from your doctor
  • Letter from a disability organisation

Include a declaration of eligibility. 

Pay $25.00 per key using a card during the application process. 

Let’s spread the word about the availability of Changing Places in Bendigo to ensure that everyone who needs access to these facilities can benefit from them. Share this information within your networks and let’s make our community more inclusive and accessible for all!

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