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Message from the Chief Executive Department of Human Services

The Department of Human Services (DHS) brings together a range of services, funding and policy responsibilities, which together support fairness, opportunity and choice for all South Australians. We are uniquely positioned in the public sector to pave the way to reducing the barriers faced by people living with disability and creating a more inclusive South Australia.

Building on South Australia’s first State Disability Inclusion Plan – Inclusive SA 2019–2023, all State authorities were tasked with developing their own Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP). DAIPs are to align with Inclusive SA’s key priority areas, and State authorities are required to report against the implementation of their DAIP actions annually. The DHS DAIP outlines the actions that will be progressed by the department over the next four years to reduce the barriers faced by people living with disability. For this reason, I am pleased to deliver the DHS Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2020–2024.

DHS has undertaken significant community consultation in the development of our DAIP, providing a greater role for people living with disability in leading and contributing to government decision-making. DHS is committed to continuing to support active participation in consultation and engagement activities that bring about meaningful change.

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. The priority areas outlined in our DHS DAIP will continue to evolve as the needs of people living with disability evolve.

We can only achieve our vision by acknowledging and respecting the crucial role people living with disability play in shaping our community. I look forward to continuing our efforts to promote positive action.

Lois Boswell
Chief Executive
Department of Human Services

Page last updated : 12 Aug 2021

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