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Disability access and inclusion plans

In 2018, new legislation was passed in South Australia to ensure people with disability have equal access and inclusion in the community as all other citizens.

The Disability Inclusion Act 2018 promotes  the full inclusion of people with disability by improving access to mainstream supports and services. It provides a legal framework to support equal access and participation in areas including recreation, education, health, employment and public transport.

The Act aligns with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and with the Australian National Disability Strategy 2010-2020.

State Disability Inclusion Plan

Under the Disability Inclusion Act 2018, South Australia will have its first State Disability Inclusion Plan.

This State Plan, due to be published later in 2019, will set whole-of-government priorities and strategies for achieving a more inclusive South Australia. To do this, it will ensure a coordinated and consistent approach is taken across state and local government, and will focus on improvements in mainstream services through a number of key priority areas.

The State Plan will be shaped by people’s feedback and ideas. This is why the Department of Human Services will engage and consult with a range of individuals and groups including State authorities, key stakeholders and the public to develop the State Plan. In particular, consultation with people with disability is a key feature in the development of the State Plan. When it is finalised, the State Plan will be reported on annually and reviewed every four years.

During April 2019 public consultation took place via the YourSAY website and five community forums were held across metropolitan and regional Adelaide. The engagement phase to develop the draft State Plan was guided by the Discussion Paper on this page. The draft State Plan will be available for public feedback during August 2019.

View the Discussion Paper (PDF 1.4MB)

View the Easy Read version of the Discussion Paper (PDF 4.7 MB)

Disability Access and Inclusion Plans

Sitting below the overarching State Plan will be Disability Access and Inclusion Plans (or DAIPs).

A DAIP is an active plan to improve access and participation for people with disability. DAIPs identify barriers and measurable actions to achieve accessible and inclusive communities, services and programs for people with disability.

To help bring about positive change for South Australians with disability, all State authorities will need to create and implement DAIPs, reporting on them annually from 31 October 2020 and reviewing them every four years.

New DAIP Guidelines that reflect the directions of the State Plan will be developed by the Department of Human Services. These will be published at the same time as the State Plan, by 31 October 2019. These resources may also be used by community groups and other organisations who wish to prepare a DAIP.

In the interim, State Government agencies will continue to report in accordance with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet Circular PCO13 and organisations can use the current DAIP templates.

Disability Access and Inclusion Plans Tool Kit and Guidelines (DOCX 142.3 KB)

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan Reporting Template (DOC 180.5 KB)

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