What is an MLAK Key?
It wasn’t until I started connecting with other like minded NDIS providers and support workers on Facebook that I started hearing this term MLAK key, I had no idea what it was or what you would do with it. So, I thought I would write a blog article about it for those of you who also are coming to learn about this key as well….
So, the MLAK was launched back in mid 1994 as a joint venture between the MLAA(Master Locksmiths Association Australia) Pittwater Council and ACROD, to give people with disability 24-hour access to a network of public facilities across Australia.
It is an inline six pin restricted master key which people with disability can purchase that will open all doors, playground equipment, toilets, and other facilities fitted with a MLAK keyed lock that uses the restricted MLAK cylinder. Even if different areas have different dedicated pass keys.
How do I purchase an MLAK Key?
Victorian Companion Card holders are entitled to one free MLAK key through a partnership with the Victorian Government. Click here to fill in a form to redeem your free MLAK key.
If you would prefer a printable order form click here.
If you do not have a companion card and still want to apply for an MLAK key click here.
Any official locksmith store (should be Australia wide but definitely Victoria) can cut them as well for $20. If you need a replacement or can’t access a free one. You just need either a doctors or council letter or disability care although sometimes this may not be required (business discretion). It has to be an actual locksmith store not Mr Minit or Bunnings or a hardware store that cuts keys as it is a specialised service.
How do I locate an MLAK Key?
Many local councils throughout Australia have implemented the MLAK system and can tell you where you can find an MLAK-enabled facility in your area.
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