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State Government’s Disability Inclusion Plan consultation process has now commenced - Circular 13.5

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Date 27 March 2019
Contact Victoria Brown
Email: victoria.brown@lga.sa.gov.au
Response Required Yes Respond By 19 April 2019
Summary The State Government and councils will be required to develop Disability Access and Inclusion Plans (DAIPs) as per the requirements of the Disability Inclusion Act 2018. The State Government must produce their DAIP by October 2019 and councils by October 2020.

The council DAIPs are intended to outline the steps that councils will take to support and improve the inclusion of people with a disability, and to remove barriers to access and participation. Some councils already provide disability services, but for a number, this legislation will prompt new action and activity, likely in the context of limited experience and capacity to respond.

Content in the State Disability Inclusion Plan will inform the development of council DAIPs. The State Government has recently commenced a consultation process to inform the development of the State Plan, which involves two stages:

  • Discussion Paper to inform main themes
  • Consultation on a draft State Disability Inclusion Plan

The State Government has now released the Discussion Paper as the first stage of consultation. The Discussion Paper explains the purpose of the State DIAP and seeks feedback on questions relating to access and inclusion in our local communities on or before 5pm Friday 26 April 2019.

Feedback received through consultation on the Discussion Paper will inform emerging themes and priorities which will form the basis for a draft of the State DIAP. The Discussion Paper can be downloaded on the yourSAy website where you can also provide your feedback.

JFA Purple Orange has been engaged by Department of Human Services to undertake community engagement as part of consultation on the Discussion Paper. Forums will be held in metropolitan Adelaide and two in regional areas (Whyalla and Mt Gambier) as part of consultation. These are open to anyone who would like to participate, including councils.

Session information is provided below:

Click on the links to register for the events via eventbrite. For more information on the sessions and other aspects of engagement, contact JFA Purple Orange on 1300 857 327 or via email at: inclusionplan@purpleorange.org.au

The LGA is an active participant in the development of the State Disability Inclusion Plan and is represented on a steering committee by three experienced council staff members from the Cities of Salisbury, Adelaide and the Barossa. The LGA will also be making submissions on strategic aspects of Discussion Paper on behalf of our member councils.

However, we would still encourage councils to make their own individual submissions to ensure that council and community issues are picked up as part of the consultation. To assist us in developing an LGA submission, we would appreciate it if you could provide your individual submissions or officer level feedback/comments to Victoria Brown, Senior Policy Advisor, at Victoria.brown@lga.sa.gov.au by 5pm on Friday 19 April 2019.

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