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Appendix 2: Words and acronyms

Best practice

A method or technique that has been generally accepted as superior to any alternatives because it produces results that are better than those achieved by other means or because it has become a standard way of doing things.

Built environment

Man-made structures, features and facilities viewed collectively as an environment in which people live and work.


A range of activities and processes used in the design of services and products that involve people who use or are affected by that service or product.


The government of the Commonwealth of Australia – commonly referred to as the Australian Government or the Federal Government.


Disability Access and Inclusion Plan prepared by State authorities for their own agency, department or council area.

Data indicators

A specific, observable and measurable set of information that can be used to show changes or progress being made toward achieving a specific outcome.

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The South Australian Department of Human Services.

Disability Engagement Group

A DHS-led register which can be used by other government agencies or councils to obtain advice from people with disability and the sector about disability issues.

Local councils

A system of government in South Australia under which elected local government bodies (councils) are constituted under the Local Government Act 1999 (SA).


National Disability Insurance Agency.


National Disability Insurance Scheme.


National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 — the strategy is a shared commitment by all governments to work together to improve the lives of Australians with disability by guiding governments and other organisations to build the wellbeing of people with disability and their carers.

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National Disability Strategy for 2020 and beyond

The National Disability Strategy that will replace the existing National Disability Strategy 2010–2020.

State authority

As defined in the Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA) to include a government department, an agency or instrumentality of the Crown, a local council constituted under the Local Government Act 1999 (SA) or any other person or body declared by regulations to be included.

Supported decision-making

A model for supporting people with disability to make significant decisions and exercise their legal capacity.


A suite of information documents which may include guidelines, templates and procedures, to assist in the completion of a task.


United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities — the convention is a human rights treaty that aims to change attitudes and approaches to people with disability. It reaffirms that all people with disability must enjoy human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Universal Design

Universal Design involves creating facilities, built environments, products and services that can be used by people of all abilities, to the greatest extent possible, without adaptations.

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