2022-26 Disability Inclusion Action Plan

Date Published: 02 Mar 2022



Sutherland Shire Council is committed to supporting the rights of people with disability to participate equally and meaningfully in the community. Council is dedicated to promoting and enhancing access and inclusion, and celebrating diversity within our community. The 2022-26 Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) supports and guides us in achieving this for our residents and visitors.

1 in 6 people in Australia live with disability, so it's important to have a DIAP that guides our strategic direction - making our services, facilities, information, programs and events more accessible and inclusive. The Disability Inclusion Act 2014 requires Council to develop a DIAP. To view Council's 2017-22 DIAP

The DIAP focuses on four main areas and how these factors impact the day-to-day life of people living with disability:

1. Creating Liveable Communities

2. Promoting Positive Attitudes and Behaviours

3. Supporting Access to Meaningful Employment

4. Improving Access through Better Systems and Processes

To read the NSW DIAP Guidelines, visit NSW Department of Communities and Justice

To develop Council's 2022-26 DIAP in collaboration with people with disability, their families and carers, Council has undertaken the following consultation:

Disability Sector Consultation: November 2020

To read the outcomes of that engagement, see the Disability Interagency Workshop Report

Access and Inclusion Survey: 5 July - 31 August 2021

To read the outcomes of the survey, see the Access and Inclusion Survey Findings Report.

Engagement in 2022:

DIAP Roundtable

To read the outcomes of the Roundtable, see the DIAP Roundtable Summary Report

Yarn with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with Disability

When: 1 February - 25 February 2022.

Multicultural Focus Group 

When: Wednesday, 2 February 2022.

Focus Group for people with Intellectual Disability or Autism

When: Monday, 7 February 2022.   

DIAP Roadshow Consultations

Council attended the following disability services in February to hear the views and feedback from people with lived experience of disability or mental health conditions.

  • 10 Feb: CIVIC Disability Services
  • 14 Feb: Slyvanvale
  • 15 Feb: Disability Trust
  • 21 Feb: St Vincent de Paul - Como Social and Leisure Centre  

2022 Community Engagement Report outlines all engagement undertaken with over 200 people with disability, their families and carers contributing their feedback and ideas to help co-design the 2022-26 Draft DIAP.  

Next Steps

Draft DIAP will be made available here and via Join the Conversation platform for review and further feedback in May 2022.  

An Information Session presenting the Draft DIAP will be provided in June 2022. More details to come. 

More Information

For more information on the 2022-26 Disability Inclusion Action Plan, Email: communities@ssc.nsw.gov.au or Phone: 9710 0469

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