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Department of Human Services

Key strategies and plans

Strategic Plan 2014–2018

Departmental strategic plan (PDF 204.4 KB)

Departmental strategic booklet (PDF 2.7 MB).

(Please note the Strategic Plan has embedded links, some of which are not available to the public.)

Digital Strategy – Digital DHS

The Department's Digital Strategy demonstrates our commitment to using digital approaches when delivering government services.

This strategy is in line with the Premier's Digital by Default Declaration and the Department's Strategic Plan.

Digital DHS Infographic (PDF 2.9 MB)

Digital DHS Infographic - text only

Digital DHS video and transcript (1 min)

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

DHS, through Disability SA, is leading the introduction of disability access and inclusion plans across the South Australian government. These plans assist in meeting requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cwth) and align with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability and the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020.

Departmental Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

More about this initiative, including a tool kit and reporting templates - Disability Access and Inclusion Plans.

South Australian Government Universal Access and Inclusion Guidelines

To achieve resilient and strong communities we need inclusive practices. Increasingly research indicates that people who are excluded are socially and economically disadvantaged, impacting on their health, wellbeing and capacity to participate in the community. In consultation with Government agencies, the South Australian Government Universal Access and Inclusion Guidelines (The Guidelines) have been developed by the Department of Human Services. The Guidelines are a tool for State Government departments to ensure that their services cater for all members of the South Australian community and to assess whether their policies, processes and culture support access and inclusion.

Access and Inclusion Guidelines (DOC 167.5 KB)

The South Australian Strategy for the Inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer People 2014–2016 (LGBTIQ Inclusion Strategy)

With the assistance of a community advisory committee, DHS has led the development of the South Australian LGBTIQ Inclusion Strategy. This whole of government strategy was developed in recognition of the levels of social exclusion experienced by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer communities. Launched in 2014, the strategy outlines five key priority areas for action. A companion document, Including You, has been developed to support safe and inclusive services and engagement with the LGBTIQ communities.

LGBTIQ Inclusion Strategy (PDF 829.9 KB)
Companion document - Including You (PDF 399.7 KB)

Department statement of reconciliation

DHS acknowledges the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and commits to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Statement of reconciliation - text only
Statement of reconciliation (PDF 764.3 KB)

White Ribbon

DHS was the first South Australian organisation to become a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace to prevent violence against women.

White Ribbon Australia figures show that two out of three women who experience violence by a current partner are in paid employment. This means that the workplace can make a significant difference to the safety and wellbeing of women experiencing violence.

DHS is committed to preventing violence against women. The department has encouraged all male staff to champion this cause.

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