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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.

To ensure the State Plan is shaped by people’s feedback and ideas, the Department of Human Services engaged with the community and key stakeholders in March and April 2019. Community participants provided over 1,000 ideas to improve access and inclusion for people with disability in South Australia.

View the Consultation Summary Report PDF version (PDF 141.7 KB)

View the Consultation Summary Report Word version (DOCX 37.3 KB)

View the Easy Read PDF version of the Consultation Summary Report (PDF 9.0 MB)

View the Easy Read Word version of the Consultation Summary Report (DOCX 46.4 KB)

Consultation on the proposed content of the State Plan took place through YourSAy in August 2019.

South Australia’s first State Disability Inclusion Plan is due to be published later this year.

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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