Accessibility and Inclusion
Coorong District Council Disability Access and Inclusion Plan
Development of the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan
In 2018, the Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA) (the Act) was passed as a result of the South Australian Government recognising that a stronger commitment to access and inclusion planning for people living with disability was needed.
The National Disability Strategy (NDS) is a coordinated plan across all levels of government to improve the lives of people living with disability, their families and carers. The NDS is Australia’s response to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), and is designed to ensure the principles of the UNCRPD are incorporated into policies and programs across Australia. Currently, the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments are working towards developing a new national disability strategy for beyond 2020.
Areas of policy action under the NDS are:
- Inclusive and accessible communities
- Rights protection, justice and legislation
- Economic security
- Personal and community support
- Learning and skills
- Health and wellbeing
Inclusive SA was launched on 1 November 2019 and is the South Australian Government's first State Disability Inclusion Plan. It is the SA Government’s commitment to creating an accessible and inclusive South Australia based on fairness and respect. The State Disability Inclusion Plan brings State Government agencies and local councils together to reduce the barriers faced by people living with disability. Inclusive SA sets out priorities and actions for the next four years under the following themes:
- Inclusive communities for all
- Leadership and collaboration
- Accessible communities
- Learning and employment
The State Plan is a requirement of the Act and sets a framework to support State authorities to implement the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 (NDS).
Local Government plays an important role in creating an environment which is inclusive of all people, through its planning role and also through its involvement in community activities and provision of a range of services. Council is required under the Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA) to develop a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.
The development of a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) represents a commitment by Council to contribute towards social access and inclusion for all community members and visitors. This can provide many benefits including increased opportunities for social inclusion, improved physical access to facilities and buildings, enhanced community and individual wellbeing and a greater recognition of the diversity of the residents and visitors.