Department of Human Services

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan frequently asked questions (FAQs)

    What is a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP)?

    The Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA) and Inclusive SA, the State Disability Inclusion Plan, demonstrate the South Australian Government’s ongoing commitment to building an accessible and inclusive community for people with disability.

    A Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) outlines the practical steps a State authority will take to give effect to:

    • the objects and principles set out in the Act, and
    • the priority areas in the State Disability Inclusion Plan.

    A DAIP will also set out the measures a State authority will take to ensure people with disability can access its mainstream supports and services.

    DAIPs are important for raising disability awareness in the community and promoting the social and economic benefits of a more inclusive South Australia.

    What is a State authority?

    The Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA) defines State authority as:

    • an administrative unit within the meaning of the Public Sector Act 2009 (SA), or
    • a local council constituted under the Local Government Act 1999 (SA).

    This definition captures all State Government departments, attached offices and local councils.

    In time, the Minister for Human Services may prescribe other South Australian Government bodies as State authorities for the purposes of the Act by notice in the Gazette.

    How should disability be defined when developing a DAIP?

    As a DAIP is required by the Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA), the term ‘disability’ should be used and defined consistently with that Act.

    Section 3 of the Act defines disability, in relation to a person, as including long-term:

    • physical
    • psycho‑social
    • intellectual
    • cognitive
    • neurological or
    • sensory impairment, or
    • a combination of any of these impairments,

    which in interaction with various barriers may hinder the person's full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.

    How can State authorities consult during the COVID-19 pandemic?

    The current social distancing restrictions in place to manage the COVID-19 pandemic limits the ways consultation with the community can occur.

    Some ways you can engage with the community during the COVID-19 pandemic include:

    • calling for telephone or email submissions
    • arranging virtual meetings or focus groups (zoom, Skype)
    • arranging face-to-face meetings with individuals (ensuring social distancing restrictions and good hygiene practices are followed)
    • online surveys (your organisation's external facing website, YourSAy)
    • promoting your consultation through DHS’s Disability Engagement Group
    • promoting your consultation through your organisation’s existing networks and partners.

    Can State authorities meet the legislative requirements relating to consultation using online or audio-visual methods?

    Online or audio-visual consultation methods can satisfy the legislative requirements, but meaningful consultation with people with disability often requires various formats to meet diverse needs, including face-to-face methods.

    Consultation can take many forms. What is most important is that State authorities take steps to ensure people with disability can meaningfully participate in consultation and are supported to provide feedback on the draft DAIP.

    Can one or more councils develop a joint DAIP?

    Yes. Section 16(5) of the Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA) enables the Minister for Human Services to approve one or more councils to prepare a single DAIP that will apply to each council.

    To seek the Minister’s approval to prepare a single DAIP that applies to one or more councils, a request can be emailed to the DHS via DHSDisabilityInclusion@sa.gov.au

    The request must set out:

    • the reasons for seeking approval to prepare a joint DAIP
    • how each council will take reasonable steps to ensure the residents in each affected council area are kept informed of the development of the DAIP
    • how councils will coordinate reporting against the joint DAIP, and
    • the key contacts for DAIP reporting purposes.

    DHS will brief the Minister for Human Services and seek approval for the application.

    How does a State authority know it has met the legislative requirements before publishing its DAIP?

    State authorities are encouraged to become familiar with the Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA) and associated Disability Inclusion Act Regulations that set out the requirements that must be met when developing and publishing a DAIP.

    To assist State authorities to understand the legislative requirements, the Department of Human Services (DHS) has prepared a guideline template.

    You can also contact DHS for assistance. Email DHSDisabilityInclusion@sa.gov.au

    When does a State authority need to publish its DAIP by?

    The Disability Inclusion (Transitional Arrangements) Regulations 2018 (SA) requires a State authority to publish their first DAIP by 31 October 2020.

    Will there be an extension to the DAIP due date because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic?

    No. The due date for DAIPs to be published will remain 31 October 2020 and State authorities are encouraged to continue progressing their disability access and inclusion planning.

    The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting challenges for all State authorities. Social distancing restrictions in place to manage the COVID-19 pandemic may limit the ways consultation can occur. State authorities are encouraged to explore other ways of engaging with their stakeholders when restrictions are in place and to acknowledge that a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan is a living document that can continue to be reviewed and improved in response to ongoing feedback from the community.

    The Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA) was passed because the South Australian Government recognised a stronger commitment to access and inclusion planning was needed. Disability Access and Inclusion Plans together with the State Disability Inclusion Plan are raising awareness in the community of the importance of access and inclusion planning for people living with disability.

    What if a State authority has a current DAIP that was prepared before the State Plan was published on 31 October 2019?

    The Disability Inclusion (Transitional Arrangements) Regulations 2018 (SA) apply in relation to the preparation of a State authority’s first DAIP following the commencement of the State Disability Inclusion Plan. These Regulations require State authorities to prepare and publish their first DAIP by 31 October 2020.

    State authorities that have a current DAIP that was prepared before the State Plan was published on 31 October 2019 should review their DAIP before re-publishing it by 31 October 2020 to ensure it:

    • meets the requirements set out in the Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA); and
    • aligns to the State Disability Inclusion Plan.

    How do State authorities advise the Chief Executive of the Department of Human Services that their DAIP has been published?

    The Disability Inclusion (Transitional Arrangements) Regulations 2018 (SA) require State authorities to notify the Chief Executive of the Department of Human Services when their first DAIP is published on a website.

    DAIPs must also be available in accessible formats.

    State authorities can meet this notification requirement by emailing the DHS a link to their published DAIP via DHSDisabilityInclusion@sa.gov.au

    The Strategy and Partnerships Directorate monitors and prepares reports on access and inclusion activities under the Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA).

    How and when do State authorities report against their DAIP?

    Section 17 of the Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA) requires State authorities to report to the Chief Executive of the Department of Human Services each year on the operation of their DAIP during the preceding financial year.

    The first DAIP annual report is due by 31 October 2021 for the 2020-21 financial year.

    The key elements that a DAIP annual report should include are:

    • a status (performance/target) update for each action within the DAIP (including State Disability Inclusion Plan actions that the State authority is leading)
    • overview of the key outcomes/targets achieved, and
    • overview of identified opportunities to improve access and inclusion planning.

    DHS will provide a suggested template for reporting soon.

    How often must a DAIP be reviewed?

    The Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA) requires State authorities to review their DAIP at least once every four years.

    Page last updated : 14 Jul 2020

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