Inclusive SA

Priority groups

The priority groups are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Children
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Women.

Inclusive SA recognises the intersectional nature of people’s lived experience, as a person living with disability may also be a member of a diverse range of population groups.

Key achievements in the past 12 months include:

Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment (OCPSE) conducted consultation with the Disability Advocacy & Complaints Service of South Australia when reviewing disability awareness training packages available to the public sector. This consultation highlighted the importance of acknowledging the compounding barriers faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who live with disability.

OCSPE also acknowledges the importance of workplace flexibility. During the pandemic this became even more important, especially for women with disability and for people who are carers. OCPSE is reviewing guidelines to better support the public sector workforce, which will allow for greater flexibility for employees living with disability in particular.

District Council of Grant has designed a new playground at Port MacDonnell which offers an inclusive carousel, interactive sensory panel and age-friendly exercise equipment. Local Aboriginal groups were engaged prior to finalising the design of the playground.

The Mid Murray Council established a new Toy Library in two locations which is accessible and inclusive of children with a disability, including inclusive toys, such as dolls with disabilities, and a range of toys for different abilities. Families and children are also provided with regular opportunities to provide feedback on what is available within the library.

The Local Government Association of South Australia was funded to develop a council-led peer support coaching and mentoring program for young people living with disability in rural and regional South Australia; providing young people with disability opportunities that will enable them to become stronger and more confident community leaders.

The Alexandrina Council held Lolly Jar Circus, skill-building workshops during the school holidays and provided opportunities for all children to be engaged with activities. Lolly Jar Circus is the only circus school in South Australia that is fully inclusive of children and young people with disability or at social risk, where the trainers are educated in disability and understand different learning styles and sensory needs.

SA Housing Authority supports vulnerable South Australians with housing need, including for those living with disability. Under the SA Housing Authority’s DAIP, a commitment was made to provide housing services to people living with a disability.

Of all public housing allocated in 2021/22:

  • 15.90% were to women who self-identified as living with disability.
  • 5.62% were to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who self-identified as living with disability.

35.6% (11,253 tenancies) of all public and Aboriginal housing tenancies as at 30 June 2022 had at least one occupant receiving a disability payment (Disability Support Pension (DSP) and/or Youth Disability Support Pension (YDSP)).

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Last Updated:
26 Oct 2023
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03 Dec 2023
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