Within this document Aboriginal refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Accessible Formats

Accessible format is the term used to describe alternative communication formats for people who have difficulties accessing information. Sometimes the term ‘alternative formats’ is used.


Australian Sign Language (AUSLAN) is the sign language of people in the Australian Deaf community.

Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021–31

Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021–31 outlines a vision for a more inclusive and accessible Australian society where all people with disability can fulfil their potential as equal members of the community. It sets out priorities and plans for all governments to work with the community, business, and people with disability to implement and realise its vision in a coordinated and targeted way.

Built environment

Human-made structures, features and facilities viewed collectively as an environment in which people live and work.


Carers provide unpaid ongoing support to family or friends with disability, age-related frailty or chronic illness. Carers can be partners, parents, children, friends, neighbours or colleagues who provide assistance with personal care, lifting, mobility, administering medication, banking, shopping or housework. One in eight South Australians are carers. They come from all walks of life, all cultures and all age groups.


A range of activities and processes used in the design of services and products that involve people who use or are affected by that service or product.


The government of the Commonwealth of Australia – commonly referred to as the Australian Government of the Federal Government.

Data Indicators

A specific, observable and measurable set of information that can be used to show changes and progress being made toward achieving a specific outcome.


The South Australian Department of Human Services.

Disability Engagement Group (DEG)

A group of people with lived experience of disability who provide feedback to DHS on issues that are important to people living with disability in South Australia. Members of the DEG provide advice to government on future directions of the State Disability Inclusion Plan, Inclusive SA and the trends in the disability sector and emerging issues.

Easy Read

Easy Read, or Easy English, is a simplified form of plain English that is used for written information, often using pictures and short sentences. It is helpful for people with a cognitive or an intellectual disability or low English language literacy levels.

Kurlana Tapa

The new name for the Adelaide Youth Training Centre, South Australia’s only training centre, which provides a safe and secure environment for young people in custody. Kurlana Tapa means “New Path” in Kaurna language.


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersexual, Queer/Questioning, Asexual/ Agender/Aromantic and other sexual orientations and gender identities.

Local councils

A system of government in South Australia under which elected local government bodies (councils) are established and empowered by the State Government under the Local Government Act 1999 (SA).

Ministers Advisory Council (MAC)

A group of people with specific lived experience who provide advice to the Minister for Human Services on relevant issues. Members of the MACs provide advice to inform government strategies, policies, and legislative reform. There are three MACs: LGBTIQA+, Disability and Youth.

Pavely app

Pavely is a social planning app that makes it quick and easy for people with accessibility needs, or those close to them, to find new places to go or things to see and do. The Department of Human Services launched Pavely in collaboration with the Department for Innovation and Skills, Department of Treasury and Finance and Go2Gov program start-up ‘The Moonshine Lab’.

Priority Groups

The Disability Inclusion Act 2018 sets out principles to ensure the specific needs of people living with disability who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, women and young people are considered when designing and delivering services and plans.

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

The NDIA is an independent statutory agency responsible for the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The NDIS provides support to people with disability, their families and carers. It is jointly governed and funded by the Commonwealth and participating state and territory governments.

State authority

As defined in the Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA) to include a government department, an agency or instrumentality of the Crown, a local council constituted under the Local Government Act 1999 (SA) or any other person or body declared by regulations to be included.

State Disability Inclusion Plan: Inclusive SA

Inclusive SA is the Government of South Australia’s disability inclusion plan. Inclusive SA sets out specific actions for State Government agencies and local councils (State authorities) to achieve. Inclusive SA also complements the NDIS, as it aims to address access and inclusion for all South Australians living with disability, including people who are not NDIS participants.


A toolkit is a curated resource or suite of information documents that provides practical advice, guidance and information on a particular subject or process. It may include guidelines, templates and procedures to assist in the completion of a task.

Universal Design

Universal Design involves creating facilities, built environments, products and services that can be used by people of all abilities, to the greatest extent possible, without adaptations.


Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain. Volunteering plays a valuable role in sustaining healthy, resilient communities and contributes significantly to the quality and vibrancy of our society. The volunteering effort is valued at $5 billion annually in South Australia.


An online consultation hub where you can find and provide feedback on consultations open across the Government of South Australia. On YourSAy, you can take part in online discussions, complete a survey or vote in polls, depending on the topic.

Page last updated 26 May 2023