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Disability Inclusion Action Plans

Supporting the NSW Government’s commitment to remove systemic and attitudinal barriers

An overview of Disability Inclusion Planning

Disability Inclusion Planning is one way governments, public authorities and all organisations can reduce and remove barriers for people with disability and foster a more accessible and inclusive community. Disability Inclusion Planning is about making a plan that outlines the intention and actions that the NSW government departments and agencies will take to remove barriers in access to Government information services and employment as well as to foster the promotion of the rights of people with disability.

In February 2015, the Minister for Disability Services released the NSW Disability Inclusion Plan (DIP). The DIP outlines how the NSW Government will create a more inclusive community that supports people with disability to achieve their full potential.

Public authorities and Disability Inclusion Action Planning

Under the Disability Inclusion Act 2014, all NSW Government Departments, some other government agencies and all Local Councils (collectively referred to as “public authorities”) are required to develop a Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP). Close to 200 DIAPs will be developed over the next two years.

See the full list of Public Authorities required to develop a DIAP.

All NSW Government departments and other government agencies were required to have their Disability Inclusion Action Plans in place by 1 December 2015.

All Local Councils were required to have their Disability Inclusion Action Plans in place by 1 July 2017.

The Disability Council has an expanded role under section 17 of the Disability Inclusion Act to:

  • advise  public authorities about the content and implementation of disability inclusion action plans; and
  • advise  the Minister about the content and implementation of the State Disability Inclusion Plan and disability inclusion action plans.

All public authorities are required by section 12 of the Disability Inclusion Act to give a copy of their DIAP to Disability Council to enable the Disability Council to fulfil its role under the Disability Inclusion Act.

The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) is responsible for providing a framework for governance, evaluation and reporting on DIAPs, and for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on actions under the DIP.

Public authorities required to develop a DIAP

Timeframes for preparing and reporting on DIAPs

The Disability Inclusion Regulation 2014 sets out the dates by which public authorities must complete their DIAPs, submit them to the Disability Council and make them publicly available.

Section 13 of the Disability Inclusion Act outlines the requirements and timeframes for public authorities to report to the Minister for Disability Services on the implementation of their DIAP. It also outlines the requirement and timeframes for the Minister to table a report in Parliament about the implementation of all DIAPs.

By 1 December 2015 all NSW Government departments and other government agencies specified in the Disability Inclusion Regulation were required to have their DIAP in place.

By December 2016 all public authorities that submitted a DIAP in December 2015 were required to give the Minister a copy of the part of its annual report relating to the implementation of its DIAP (or equivalent report if it does not prepare an annual report).

By Early 2017 the Minister for Disability Services was required to table a report about the implementation of NSW Government Department and specified other government agencies' DIAPs in each House of Parliament.

By 1 July 2017 all Local Councils were required to have their DIAP in place.

As soon as practicable following the end of financial year all Councils and NSW Government Agencies required to have a DIAP must report on the progress of their DIAP in their annual report and provide a copy to the Disability Council NSW.

By 2018 the Minister for Disability Services was required to table a report about the implementation of all public authorities’ DIAPs in each House of Parliament.

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

Consultation with people with disability

Evidence base for Disability Inclusion

Positive community attitudes and behaviours

Physical access

Accessibility

Language relating to disability

Employment

Our role in Disability Inclusion Planning

The Disability Council sees Disability Inclusion Planning as an important tool to promote an inclusive NSW and effect cultural change in the way mainstream services are provided to people with disability.

The Disability Council has an expanded role under section 17 of the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 to:

  • advise public authorities about the content and implementation of disability inclusion action plans; and
  • advise the Minister about the content and implementation of the State Disability Inclusion Plan and disability inclusion action plans.

Under section 12 of the Disability Inclusion Act public authorities must consult with people with disability when developing their DIAP, however, it is only suggested and not mandatory for public authorities to consult with the Disability Council.

Under section 13 of the Disability Inclusion Act, the responsibility for evaluation, monitoring and reporting on the implementation of a DIAP falls on the public authority responsible for the plan.

The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) is responsible for providing a framework for governance, evaluation and reporting on DIAPs, and for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on actions under the DIP.

For more information on what the NSW Government is doing to make sure actions under the DIP and DIAPs are being implemented, evaluated and reported on, see the Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2015-19 on the DCJ website.

As part of its role under the Disability Inclusion Act 2014, the Disability Council provide advice on the monitoring and evaluation of the DIP, and support public authorities and other organisations to develop, govern, implement, monitor and evaluate their DIAPs.

The Disability Council:

  • provides generic advice on disability inclusion planning
  • attends consultations on DIAPs where possible
  • provides links to information and resources that will assist public authorities to develop their DIAP
  • provides a checklist for public authorities to self assess their DIAP for compatibility with the Disability Inclusion Act and best practice
  • receives DIAPs from all public authorities (as it is required to do under section 12 of the Disability Inclusion Act) and keep a register of all DIAPs on its website
  • provides a tool for feedback on each public authority’s DIAP on the Register of DIAPs page of The Disability Council NSW website
  • advise the Minister about the content and implementation of DIAPs.

The Disability Council does not:

  • individually review the DIAP of every public authority in detail and provide individual advice and feedback on the DIAP
  • consult with individuals in every public authority and monitor the implementation of the DIAP within each public authority
  • evaluate each public authority’s individual DIAP for compatibility with the requirements for DIAPs outlined in section 12 of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan
  • report to the minister on the progress and implementation of each individual authority’s DIAP.

The Disability Council is not required under the Disability Inclusion Act to consult, evaluate, monitor or report on the implementation of each individual public authority’s DIAP. However, as part of the Disability Council’s functions of advising public authorities and the Minister on the content and implementation of the DIAPs, the Disability Council may also prepare an annual report for the minister that includes recommendations on:

  • common issues identified in DIAPs and their implementation and possible solutions for these issues
  • issues identified by peak bodies and representative disability bodies as requiring attention in future DIAPs
  • how the process of developing , monitoring and reporting on DIAPs may be improved
  • how the NSW Disability Inclusion Plan is being implemented
  • any actions in DIAPs that conflict with actions in the NSW Disability Inclusion Plan.

Instructions and checklist for submitting DIAPs

  1. Check your DIAP against the Disability Council Checklist for DIAPs.
  2. Submit a weblink to your DIAP by email to: DisabilityCouncil@facs.nsw.gov.au by the relevant date for your public authority.

Disability Council DIAP checklist

This checklist has been developed by the Disability Council NSW as a guide to best practice in Disability Inclusion Planning. It is a useful tool authorities can use to check their DIAP before submitting it to the Disability Council and includes all of the essential requirements under the Disability Inclusion Act and other requirements that the Disability Council believes each DIAP should meet to ensure DIAPs fulfill their role of fostering more accessible and inclusive communities. This checklist includes the following:

  1. Does the plan include details of consultation with people with disability, as is required under section 12 of the Disability Inclusion Act 2014?

    The plan should include details about:

    1. the opportunities people with disability were given to provide input into the development of the DIAP
    2. the supports provided to ensure a diverse range of people with disability were consulted (e.g. documents are in accessible formats and various languages, advocates and interpreters)
    3. the people with disability and representative organisations that were engaged during DIAP consultations (including if these people were from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds)
    4. how the insights of people with disability gained from consultations were incorporated into the DIAP
    5. the opportunities people with disability will be given to provide ongoing feedback about the DIAP and how well the strategies are/are not working.
  2. Does the plan have regard to and reflect the Disability Principles outlined in section 4 of the Disability Inclusion Act?
  3. Does the plan have regard to and reflect the Disability Principles recognising the needs of particular groups outlined in section 5 of the Disability Inclusion Act?
  4. Does the plan provide, as is required under section 12 of the Disability Inclusion Act, an explanation of how the plan supports the goals of the NSW Disability Inclusion Plan?
  5. Does the plan comply with the Department of Communities and Justice NSW Disability Inclusion Action Planning Guidelines?
  6. Does the plan contain strategies, as required under section 12 of the Disability Inclusion Act which:
    1. ensure that people with disability will have equal access to buildings, events and facilities
    2. ensure that people with disability are able to exercise their right to access information
    3. accommodate the specific needs of people with disability
    4. support the employment of people with disability
    5. encourage and create opportunities for people with disability to access the full range of services and activities available in the community?
  7. For each of the aforementioned strategies, does the plan:
    1. give specific details about each strategy
    2. explain how the effectiveness of each strategy will be measured
    3. give realistic and appropriate timeframes for each strategy
    4. assign responsibility for each action to a specific business unit
    5. outline what resources will be allocated to implement each strategy?
  8. Does the plan provide details on monitoring, evaluation and reporting including:
    1. who or what group is responsible for the overall implementation and monitoring of the plan
    2. how people with disability will be engaged to provide feedback on the plan
    3. what requirements will be imposed to ensure continuous monitoring, evaluation and reporting on all aspects of the plan
    4. how feedback from monitoring, evaluation and reporting will be used to improve the plan?
  9. Does the plan use appropriate terminology that respects the dignity and autonomy of people with disability?
  10. Has the plan been provided in accessible formats, including:
    1. languages other than English
    2. easy English
    3. Auslan
    4. sans serif font (Arial), minimum font size 12 point
    5. PDF and Word
    6. without tables and textboxes (to ensure compatibility with screenreading software)
  11. Has the plan been completed within the relevant timeframe?
  12. Has the plan been made publically accessible (for example, published on the public authority’s website)?
  13. Has the link to the plan been submitted to the Disability Council?

Register of local council and government agency DIAPs

These plans have been given to the Disability Council NSW pursuant to section 12 of the Disability Inclusion Act.

Enquiries about a plan should be directed to the public authority that submitted it. Registration of an action plan does not imply that it has been endorsed by the Disability Council.

In the following lists, the link from the entity's name is to pages on their websites where DIAPS and other information on inclusion can be found. The document link ("DIAP submitted") is the DIAP submitted to the Disability Council.



Please report any broken links by email to DisabilityCouncil@facs.nsw.gov.au

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Last updated: 30 Mar 2020