27 September 2023

Disability Access plan out for comment

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The Department of Communities is seeking feedback on its 2022-2027 Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP).

DAIP aims to promote the access and inclusion of people with disability via the Department’s consultation processes, employment, services and events, buildings and facilities, quality of service, information and complaints.

In a statement, the Department said that in order to develop the DAIP to its current stage, consultation was conducted with the community, as well as with Department employees.

“This final round of feedback from Western Australians will help the Department finalise its plan,” the Department said.

“The Department is particularly keen to hear from people with lived experience, including people with disability, or family members, carers or guardians of people with disability, and advocacy or representative groups.”

It said the DAIP was strongly aligned to the principles of A Western Australia for Everyone: State Disability Strategy 2020-2030 that aimed to work towards a fully inclusive and accessible community.

“This five-year DAIP will guide the Department towards improving practices and policies focused on people with disability,” the Department said.

“The information gained during the internal and external consultations will inform the actions, outcome measures and implementation of the DAIP.”

Announcing this as the next stage of the DAIP, Minister for Disability Services, Don Punch said 411,500 Western Australians had a disability “so it is essential we continue to build an inclusive and accessible community”.

“This five-year Disability Access and Inclusion Plan will guide the Department in improving practices and policies focused on people with disability,” Mr Punch said.

“It will help the Department outline the actions, timeframes and responsibilities in place to be able to achieve its DAIP goals.”

Feedback details can be provided to the Department at this PS News link with consultation closing 11am Sunday 8 May.

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