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Wednesday 25 May 2022 - second edition

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Dear sector colleagues,

This week I was so excited to help launch ‘Pavely’, a uniquely South Australian smartphone app designed to promote social inclusion and assist people with accessibility needs.

Developed in collaboration with people living with disability, the Department for Innovation and Skills, Department of Treasury and Finance, Go2Gov program start-up ‘The Moonshine Lab’, Pavely is used to find, rate and review inclusive venues in South Australia.

The app provides a directory of venues and facilities across the state and allows users to search based on accessibility ratings and inclusive features such as the venue’s entrance, amenities, parking and options for assistance, vision and sensory needs. To discover more information about the ground-breaking app and how to download it, visit the Pavely website. Check out the brilliant video below that explains how Pavely works.

Pavely video (2.04 minutes)

As a valued sector partner, you can be a part of amazing initiatives such as Pavely by joining one of the new advisory councils to the Minister for Human Services, the Hon. Nat Cook. There are three advisory councils currently taking expressions of interest and applications including disability, youth and LGBTIQA+.

These councils have been designed for you to make your voice count and contribute to creating a more inclusive culture, while shaping future policies that impact people from diverse locations, backgrounds and life experiences.

Each council will play an important role in advising the Minister on issues relevant to disability, youth and LGBTIQA+ people across the state. To submit an expression of interest and application for any of the three councils, please visit the DHS website. The earliest deadline for applications is Sunday, 12 June 2022.

Thursday is National Sorry Day, where we remember and acknowledge the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.

Sorry Day marks the anniversary of the ‘Bringing Them Home’ report which was first tabled in Australia Parliament in 1997 and detailed the history of the ‘Stolen Generations’. The report gave voice to the experiences of survivors and their descendants whose stories were previously denied, ignored or forgotten. Honouring such stories led to the 2008 apology in Parliament to the Stolen Generations and national recognition of Sorry Day.

As we acknowledge Sorry Day on the eve of National Reconciliation Week (Friday, 27 May – Friday, 3 June), we highlight the importance of helping our First Nations people to heal and restore their physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural wellbeing. True reconciliation requires truth telling, including acknowledging the historical and ongoing impacts of colonisation. It also requires a commitment to listening deeply, building cultural intelligence, celebrating diversity and having the humility to recognise and value different ways of being and doing.

Rounding out the week, I am looking forward to seeing some of you at Reconciliation SA’s National Reconciliation Week breakfast on Friday. The breakfast will launch the week in South Australia and will feature live performances, a panel discussion and a visual art display from Sasha Houthuysen who is the manager of our Aboriginal Practice Team in Safer Family Services.

Ngaityalya (Kaurna, thank you)

Lois Boswell
Chief Executive

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