In 2014 the NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014 was passed, making it a legal requirement for all NSW Councils to develop a Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) by 1 July 2017. The DIAP aims to assist in removing barriers that prevent people with disability from participating fully in our community. Council is committed to making our community more accessible and inclusive by:
- Promoting positive attitudes and behaviours toward people with disability.
- Making improvements to ensure our community is easier to live in and get around.
- Supporting access to meaningful employment opportunities at council and encouraging employers in Wollondilly to employ people with disability.
- Making sure the information we provide is accessible and easy to understand and that our services are inclusive.
Council’s DIAP was developed through community consultation and research spanning over 18 months. A review of Council documents and Government policies took place, followed by ‘Community Conversations’ at a Macarthur Regional Disability Inclusion Action Plan Consultation. Held in Campbelltown in November 2016, over 70 community members and service providers across Macarthur gave feedback and completed surveys to help guide Wollondilly, Camden and Campbelltown Councils in their Disability Inclusion Planning.
In addition to the Macarthur Regional Disability Inclusion Action Plan Consultation, a local community survey was developed with 91 surveys completed from residents in Wollondilly a total of 73 Council staff also completed surveys. Overall the consultation processes enabled us to engage with 232 participants.
This plan was endorsed at Council’s March 2017 meeting and placed on public exhibition. The plan was formally adopted at Council’s 19 June 2017 meeting and was lodged with the Disability Council on 30 June 2017.