Creating a thriving, healthy, safe and inclusive community The Draft Accessibility and Inclusion Plan 2023 - 2025 builds on the progress of the previous Accessibility Action Plan 2019 – 2022, whilst closely aligning to the current national and state policies to positively impact disability access and inclusion.
The Draft Plan is centred around outcomes. These are our end goals, the change we will work towards with the Plan. The outcomes framework will help to determine where we are having an impact in progressing accessibility and inclusion for people living with disability in Wyndham.
A primary objective of this Plan is to build confidence by facilitating equitable engagement and participation for people with disability in our community. The goal is to provide the same level of access that people without disability enjoy and to ensure people are not discriminated against based on their disability.
Draft Accessibility and Inclusion Plan 2023-2025 FAQs
The vision for our Draft Accessibility Action Plan 2019-2022 was developed through community consultation. The vision has been tested through the community forums to affirm its currency and relevance, which has been strongly supported from community feedback. The priority areas have been strongly supported through the community forums and other stakeholder workshops earlier this year.
The priorities of great interest during the consultation period were:
- A focus on mental health, raised by most cohorts, following the impacts of the health crisis in Wyndham
- Accessible and affordable housing which aligns with Council’s Affordable Housing Strategy
- Hidden disabilities
- Disability Pride and Recognition within the community which aligns to the State Plan
Unsurprisingly, following the damning findings of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, preventing abuse and neglect, and preventing family and sexual violence have attracted strong support from community as an important priority.
Council is required under the Disability Act 2006 (s 38) to have a Disability Action Plan.
Accessibility and Inclusion Plan Plan Priorities and Outcomes
| People with disability feel included and enjoy greater social connection |
|People with disability can readily access the services they need |
People with a disability have access to information that meets the user needs
Children with a disability are provided with the supports required to begin school
People with a disability have access to formal and informal learning opportunities regardless of their ability
Employment and economic participation
|People with disability can get and maintain jobs that meet their needs and improve their lives|
People with disability enjoy greater wellbeing including access to healthy food options
|People with disability report improved mental wellbeing|
|People with disability can access affordable housing built to universal design standards|
Accessible built and natural environments
|People with disability can navigate urban and natural environments regardless of their age, ability, gender, identity, culture, language, or any other social characteristic|
|People with disability can access emergency communications (e.g. during fire, flood, etc.)|
Preventing abuse and neglect
People with disability are protected against abuse and neglect
Preventing family and sexual violence
|People with disability are safe from family and sexual violence|
Voice and leadership
|People with disability can exercise their civic rights and responsibilities regardless of their intersectionality (e.g. First Nations, multicultural and LGBTIQ+)|| |
Pride and recognition
|People with disability are recognised and celebrated regardless of their age, ability, gender, identity, culture, language, or any other social characteristic|| |
How to get involved
Your important feedback will be used to help finalise the Plan before it is reported back to Council later this year. Read the Draft Plan here before your share your feedback via the below survey. We're also inviting community members with lived experiences of disability to attend an engagement workshop to share their feedback in person.
- Session 1: Wednesday 12 July, 6-7:30PM, Wyndham Civic Centre, Council Chambers, 45 Princes Highway, Werribee
- Session 1: Tuesday 18 July, 10-11:30AM, Online Session
Provide your feedback before 11:59PM Friday 28 July.
This survey closed on Friday 28 July.