Department of Human Services

Glossary of definitions and acronyms

Best practice

A method or technique that has been generally accepted as superior to any alternatives because it produces results that are better to those achieved by other means or because it has become a standard way of doing things.

Built environs

Artificial structures, features, and facilities viewed collectively as an environment in which people live and work.

Commonwealth

The government of the Commonwealth of Australia – commonly referred to as the Australian Government or the Federal Government.

DAIP

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan prepared by State authorities for their own agency, department or council area.

DHS

The South Australian Department of Human Services.

Disability Engagement Group (DEG)

A DHS-led register that can be used by other government agencies or councils to obtain advice from people living with disability and the sector about disability issues.

Local councils

A system of government in South Australia under which elected local government bodies (councils) are constituted under the Local Government Act 1999 (SA).

Mainstream

Products and services that are readily available to the general public, as opposed to being applicable only to a very specific subset of the general population.

National Disability Strategy (NDS)

National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 — a shared commitment by all governments to work together to improve the lives of Australians with disability by guiding governments and other organisations to build the wellbeing of people living with disability and their carers.

State authority

As defined in the Disability Inclusion Act 2018: an administrative unit (within the meaning of the Public Sector Act 2009 (SA), or a local council established under the Local Government Act 1999 (SA).

Toolkit

A suite of information documents that may include guidelines, templates and procedures to assist in the completion of a task.

UNCRPD

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — the convention is a human rights treaty that aims to change attitudes and approaches to people living with disability. It reaffirms that all people living with disability must enjoy human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Universal Design

Universal Design involves creating facilities, built environs, products and services that can be used by people of all abilities to the greatest extent possible without adaptations.

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