Why does council need a Disability Inclusion Action Plan?

In August 2014, a new Act called the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 was passed requiring all councils in NSW to develop a Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP). The DIAP will guide Council, in consultation with the community, to consider people with disability in all future planning to help ensure the community is fully inclusive. 

The onus to break down barriers for people with disability rests with the whole community. 

For further information on the NSW Disability Inclusion Action Planning Guidelines, additional support or information, visit www.facs.nsw.gov.au/reforms/developing-the-nsw-disability-inclusion-plan.

What will the plan do?

The Plan will provide Council with guidelines for how to ensure the inclusion of people with disability in all future planning. The Plan aims to be positioned as core business and integrated with Council’s Community Strategic Plan and Delivery Program and Operational Plans (DPOP) so employees at every level consider inclusion of people with disability in their projects.

The onus to break down barriers for people with disability rests with the whole community.

How long will the plan be valid?

The Plan is valid for 4 years. Monitoring of the Plan will also be supported by the Access Advisory Committee. At the end of the current Plan period, further consultations will be held with residents and visitors who have a disability, to determine if real progress has been made in building access and inclusion across the Shoalhaven.