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Public Participation for Disability Access & Inclusion Plan

Survey to seek input to a draft Plan

Developing a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) demonstrates that the Port Pirie Regional Council recognises the importance of inclusion and access for everyone and is committed to a welcoming environment where all people who work, live or visit our region feel like they belong.

Council’s DAIP will be developed in consultation with key stakeholders and our community to ensure all residents, ratepayers and visitors have equal access to facilities, services, information and employment opportunities.

Thank you to all residents who completed a survey. These results will be used to formulate a draft DAIP which will be sent out for a further round of community consultation.

Background to the preparation of a DAIP

In 2011 the Council of Australian Government endorsed the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 (NDS), which is a document outlining the agenda for people with a disability to achieve their full potential as citizens. This strategy has resulted in significant disability reforms being implemented across Australia, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) providing care and support for people with a permanent and significant disability.

In 2018 the SA Disability Inclusion Act 2018 was passed which seeks to clarify South Australia’s role in supporting people with a disability.

The Disability Inclusion Act 2018 requires all Councils to develop and implement a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) to assist in planning and implementing improvements to access and inclusion. These plans can benefit many people in the community including people with disability, the elderly, young parents and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Port Pirie Regional Council must develop a DAIP that:

  • Describes the measures Council intends to put in place to ensure that people with disability can access the mainstream supports and services provided by or on behalf of the Council;
  • Explains how the Council proposes to give effect to the objects and principles set out in the SA Disability Inclusion Act 2018;
  • Have consistency with the State Disability Inclusion Plan 2019-2023;
  • Includes strategies under the four pillars of:
  1. Access to the built environs, events and facilities;
  2. Access to information and communications;
  3. Addressing the specific needs of people with disability in its programs and services
  4. Employment
  • Includes other provisions as set out in the DAIP Guidelines and the Disability Inclusion Regulations (2019).

Scope and Timeline for DAIP

Councils have partnered with the Local Government Association (LGA) on a state-wide project to deliver a DAIP.

Port Pirie Regional Council's DAIP will be completed and published in an accessible format on Council’s website by 31 October 2020. A copy of the DAIP must also be provided to the Chief Executive, SA Department of Human Services by 31 October 2021.

The DAIP will include an action plan with the intent that there are improvements to Council services with identified issues included in future planning.