Council are developing a new Disability Inclusion Action Plan for the Central Coast.
The purpose of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan is to outline the actions Council will take to remove barriers and improve access for people with disability so they can participate in all areas of community life.
Councils existing plan expired in July 2021.
Between 7 August and 30 September 2020 Council undertook community consultation to find out what the priorities of the DIAP should be and what Council can do to make life easier for people with disabilities on the Central Coast.
During the consultation, the community were invited to:
- Complete the online survey as either a community member or person working in the disability sector
- Participate in an online forum
All of the information collected during the consultation has been used to inform the development of the new Disability Inclusion Action Plan.
Frequently asked questions
Why does Council need a new Disability Inclusion Action Plan?
Public authorities, including Councils, are required to have a Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) under the Disability Inclusion Act 2014. Central Coast Council’s current Disability Inclusion Action Plan ends in June 2021, so we need to have a new plan ready to start in July 2021.
The DIAP sets out what Council will do to remove barriers and improve access for people with disability so they can participate in all areas of community life
How has the DIAP action plan been developed?
The action plan has been informed by listening to people with disabilities, their families and carers and the disability sector on the Central Coast. Council’s Access and Inclusion Reference Group also provided guidance during the development of this plan. Research on ‘best practice’ in disability inclusion in Australia and internationally was also conducted.
The NSW Government is reviewing the Disability Inclusion Act 2014. What does this mean for the new DIAP?
The NSW Government is recommending that Councils move ahead with their DIAP consultations while the Act is being reviewed. If the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 is changed, Council will make any changes that are required.