Department of Human Services

DHS plan paves the way for a more accessible and inclusive South Australia

2020-10-30

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has taken an important step towards realising the State Government’s vision of an accessible and inclusive South Australia based on fairness and respect for people living with disability.

DHS has released its first Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP), which supports Inclusive SA, the State Disability Inclusion Plan 2019–2023.

Lois Boswell, Chief Executive of the Department of Human Services, said:

"DHS has committed to a range of actions to support the State Government to address the barriers that were identified by people living with disability and other members of the community during the State Government’s consultation on the state plan, Inclusive SA.

“Our actions represent an across-department commitment to access and inclusion and are underpinned by the four Inclusive SA themes, which are:

  • inclusive communities for all
  • leadership and collaboration
  • accessible communities
  • learning and employment.

“The actions we take over the next four years and beyond will help to reduce the barriers faced by people living with disability and create a more inclusive South Australia.”

Building on South Australia’s first State Disability Inclusion Plan, all State Government agencies and local councils were tasked with developing their own Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP). State authorities are required to report against the implementation of their DAIP actions annually.

“The priority areas outlined in our DHS DAIP will continue to evolve as the needs of people living with disability evolve,” Ms Boswell said.

“While we recognise there is still a lot of work ahead of us and achieving our vision for an accessible and inclusive South Australia will take time, one thing is certain — we can only achieve our vision by acknowledging and respecting the crucial role people living with disability play in shaping our community.”

Watch a video message launching our DAIP (Vimeo 1.05 mins)

View the Department of Human Services Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

Page last updated : 30 Oct 2020

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