Master Locksmith Access Key (MLAK)

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The Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK) is an innovative system that enables people with disabilities to gain 24/7 access to a network of public facilities.

The MLAK system has been fitted to elevators at railway stations, accessible toilets in Council municipalities and National Parks and in adaptive playground equipment (Liberty Swing - see below) across Australia. 

People with a disability are able to purchase an MLAK master key which will open all toilets, playgrounds and other facilities which are fitted with this specially designed lock.

Master Locksmith Access Key

Who's Eligible?

Eligibility is restricted to people who have a disability or have written authority from:

  • a doctor
  • a disability organisation
  • community health centre
  • the owner or management of a building with an accessible toilet on site

If you meet these criteria, please download the application: MLAK Application PDF


Where to get an MLAK?

MLAK keys are available for purchase from Business Members of the Association or via mail from the MLAA Head Office.

To find your nearest Master Locksmith, please make use of our Locksmith Search facility.

Please note – it is the local Council’s or Municipalities decision to implement the system into its facilities. MLAK is designed to improve access and not to restrict use for people with disability. Facilities fitted with MLAK should still remain open(unless they are housing adult changing facilities with hoists etc) as consistent with following principles of access:

  • Accessible toilets should be unlocked during daylight hours.
  • Accessible toilets should be unlocked when co-located with unlocked general entry toilets.
  • The MLAK system should alleviate the difficulty faced by people with disability in finding an accessible toilet that is open after hours.

Where do I find a MLAK facility?

Many local counsils in Australia already implemented the MLAK system and can tell you where to find them in your area. In addition some specialised travel companies offer this information when booking/planing a trip with them.

Spinal Cord Injuries Australia maintains a directory of MLAK-enabled facilities across Australia.

For further information, please contact Spinal Cord Injuries Australia on (02) 9661 8855 or 1800 819 775
Code of Practice - Link to SCIA


The National Public Toilet Map shows the location of more than 14,000 public and private public toilet facilities across Australia. Details of toilet facilities can also be found along major travel routes and for shorter journeys as well. Useful information is provided about each toilet, such as location, opening hours, availability of baby change rooms, accessibility for people with disabilities and the details of other nearby toilets.

The National Public Toilet Map is also available as a a free app for iPhone and Android phones and tablets.
Apple:  National Public Toilet Map App.
Android: National Public Toilet Map App


The Liberty Swing is a world-first Australian innovation – a swing that allows children in wheelchairs the opportunity to experience the joy of having a swing in the park.

The Liberty Swing can only be utilised with the use of the MLAK Key.  If you require a key, please see your nearest Master Locksmith.

Looking for a Liberty Swing in your State or want further information?  Visit the Liberty Swing Website or download the PDF below. 

Additional Information

The MLAA prepared some additional information and flyers regarding the MLAK system?
If you are a doctor, work of a Council or an organisation that provides services for disabled people, please feel free to

Please find more details about the MLAK:
Flyer for End-user - - Download
Flyer for Council use - Download

For further information or partnerships please get in touch with the MLAA Head Office:
Phone: (03) 9338 8822
Thank you.