Disability Inclusion Action Plans
Supporting the NSW Government’s commitment to remove systemic and attitudinal barriers
Useful resources and links for Disability Inclusion Planning
The resources below will assist you in making your part of NSW a place that welcomes and includes people with disability.
NSW Department of Communities and Justice Services Guidelines for developing DIAPs
The DIAP Guidelines provide an overview of DIAPs and a step by step plan for Action Plan development and implementation as well as a list of links and resources.
The Disability Inclusion Action Plans page also provides links to resources on each of the four focus areas.
These focus areas include:
- Developing positive community attitudes and behaviours.
- Creating liveable communities.
- Supporting access to meaningful employment.
- Improving access to mainstream services through better systems and processes.
Other Guidelines for developing DIAPs
The NSW Disability Network Forum has published a useful resource to assist in the development of DIAPs: Eliminating Discrimination and Embracing Diversity: Effective Disability Inclusion Action Planning. This resource was developed in consultation with people with disability and strongly incorporates the perspectives and voices of people with disability about what they would like to see in DIAPs. It includes information about best practice when consulting with people with disability, developing effective strategies for the DIAP and monitoring, evaluation and reporting, as well as a DIAP checklist.
The Department of Social Services website provides a framework for businesses developing Disability Action Plans.
Relevant legislation, policies and conventions
- Disability Inclusion Act 2014
- Disability Inclusion Regulation 2014
- Government Sector Employment Act
- Disability Discrimination Act 1992
- NSW Anti Discrimination Act 1977
- NSW Disability Inclusion Plan
- National Disability Strategy 2010 - 2020
- National Disability Insurance Scheme Website
- United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)
Consultation with people with disability
- Access the Disability Council NSW’s overview of consultation with people with disability.
- Beyond Words: Lessons on translation trust and meaning from the No more ‘mualagh’ project provides examples of inclusive collaboration and consultation and tips on best practice when consulting diverse communities.
- Read the Victorian Department of Human Services' guide to consultation with people with disability.
Evidence base for Disability Inclusion
- Australian Bureau of Statistics collections on disability data can be accessed on the Australian Bureau of Statistics ‘People with a Disability’ webpage.
- Download the NSW Public Service Commission report detailing the employment situation of people with disability in the NSW public sector, from the NSW Public Service Commission webpage.
- The Australian Human Rights Commission provides a Disability Rights section on their webpage.
Positive community attitudes and behaviours
- The Australian Human Rights Commission website Disability Rights section.
- The annual Don’t Dis My Ability campaign website promotes positive community attitudes around disability in NSW.
- Standards Australia has written the following standards for disability access to buildings:
- AS 1428.1-2009 Design for access and mobility - General requirements for access to buildings
- AS 1428.2-1992 Design for access and mobility - Enhanced and additional requirements - Buildings and facilities
- AS 1428.3-1992 Design for access and mobility - Requirements for children and adolescents with physical disabilities
- AS/NZS 1428.4.1:2009 Design for access and mobility - Means to assist the orientation of people with vision impairment - Tactile ground surface indicators
- AS 1428.5-2010 Design for access and mobility - Communication for people who are deaf or hearing impaired
- The Disability Rights section of the Australian Human Rights Commission website contains resources on disability and access issues, including information about access to premises.
- The Association for the Blind WA, Guide Dogs WA website contains information for owners and managers of buildings and services about providing access for people who are blind or vision impaired.
- The Department of Human Services in Victoria has produced a checklist that may be useful when assessing the accessibility of buildings and facilities.
- The Australian Network on Disability website has information about evacuation procedures for people with disability.
- Information regarding the W3C Guidelines for designing accessible websites is provided by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) website.
- The Department of Human Services in Victoria has a number of resources on how to provide information in accessible formats on their website.
- The Australian Human Rights Commission guidelines on accessible websites is provided under the World Wide Web Access: Disability Discrimination Act Advisory Notes ver 4.1 (2014) webpage.
- Vision Australia has produced a guide to adaptive technologies for people with vision impairment.
- The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) has produced guides about creating accessible documents including:
Language relating to disability
- People with Disability Australia’s guide to language relating to disability can be downloaded from the Guide to Reporting Disability webpage.
- The DCJ website publishes information about employing people with disability.
- The Physical Disability Council of NSW’s guide to language relating to people with disability.
- The Australian Public Service Commission has produced a guide to including people with disability in the workplace: Ability at Work, tapping the talent of people with disability.
- JobAccess supports the employment of people with disability by providing information and advice on their website for people with disability and their employers.
- Disability Employment Australia has collated resources on the Disability confident workplaces webpage about how to ensure that a workplace is an inclusive and supportive environment for people with disability.