Inclusive SA

Inclusive communities for all

Social inclusion is a priority for people living with disability as it affects all aspects of their lives. It is our aim that the contributions and rights of people living with disability are valued and understood by all South Australians and that their rights are promoted, upheld and protected.

We also want to ensure that people living with disability are supported to advocate for their own rights.

Priority 1: Involvement in the community

Action 1

Develop an event toolkit to promote accessible and inclusive practices for State authorities in community events.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2020–21

Notes: The Department of Human Services engaged JFA Purple Orange to co-design an event toolkit. The toolkit is now being developed and will be further consulted on in early 2021. It will be published and available in accessible formats in 2021.

Action 2

Explore the redesign or creation of an app (or other medium) that displays existing and future services and facilities (such as toilets, eateries, sports and recreation facilities, parks and trails, arts organisations and cultural institutions, transport services, beaches that are wheelchair and disability-access friendly).

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2022-23

Notes: The Department of Human Services scoped this project and engaged with the Department of Innovation and Skills to participate in the Go2Gov Program, which links start-up businesses in South Australia with State Government agencies. This program is being used to identify possible solutions for the app and the Department of Human Services is currently considering proposals.
Action 3

Develop and promote inclusive play guidelines to guide local councils and other community groups in the development of accessible and inclusive playgrounds and play spaces.

Status: Complete

Notes: The Department of Human Services launched the Inclusive Play guidelines in December 2019. The guidelines are published on the Inclusive SA website, including an Easy Read version.

Action 4

Collaborate with relevant organisations to run disability access and inclusion awareness training for arts organisations, cultural institutions, sporting organisations and clubs.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2020–21

Notes: Some key activities include the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing, in partnership with Inclusive Sport SA, developing a range of Return to Sport accessible communications that helped people living with disability understand and practice health and hygiene protocols when playing sport within a COVID-19 environment. The resources include Easy Read documents, pictorial social stories, and club communication and engagement guides for sport administrators. These resources have helped people with disability return to sport smoothly and safely in South Australia.

During 2019-20, the South Australian Museum ran Autism SA’s autism-friendly charter training and Dementia Australia’s Dementia Friend training at the museum. It also ran an Auslan course which included information about Deaf culture. The museum is continuing to explore options for ongoing training in autism, dementia and disability awareness. South Australian Museum staff have also participated in disability awareness training.

Action 5

Explore opportunities to increase the involvement of children with disability in sports and cultural activities, for example:

  • expanding the Sports Voucher program for children living with disability
  • providing extra support for children living with disability to participate in VACSWIM
  • promoting the availability of arts programs for children living with disability.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2020–21

Notes: The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing has explored expanding the Sports Voucher program for children living with disability.
In developing learning experiences and programs for kindergarten to year 12, the State Library of South Australia used multi-sensory approaches to exhibitions and learning programs, often co-designed with children, educators and community members. The State Library of South Australia consulted with Autism SA to make sure its practices and programs were inclusive. Strategies that have been used include pre-visit children’s invitations, quiet spaces and multi-sensory experiences.

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Priority 2: Improving community understanding and awareness

Action 6

Work with relevant State authorities to improve community understanding and awareness that complements and leverages the national effort under the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 and the emerging National Disability Strategy for beyond 2020.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2022-23

Notes: The Commonwealth Government’s consultation on the new National Disability Strategy was delayed in 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department of Human Services has promoted the Commonwealth Government’s consultation on the NDS and NDIS outcomes framework with State Government agencies and local councils.

Action 7

Work with the Commonwealth Government to develop data indicators that measure changes in community attitudes about the rights and needs of people living with disability.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2021-22

Notes: The Department of Human Services continues to work with the Commonwealth and other jurisdictions to develop the outcomes frameworks for the National Disability Strategy and NDIS. It is anticipated that the approach to measuring outcomes will be endorsed by all Australian Governments in mid-2021. Part of this work is to identify and develop indicators that measure change in community attitudes.

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Priority 3: Promoting the rights of people living with disability

Action 8

Review disability awareness training packages within State Government agencies, including public health settings, to establish best practice and implement for new and existing employees.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2020–21

Notes: The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment has established and facilitates the Disability Employment Reference Committee with State Government agency representatives as a Community of Practice. This Committee shares information and resources on existing disability awareness training within State Government agencies.

The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment has also been monitoring the progress of JFA Purple Orange’s work to develop and co-design a disability awareness training package. The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment will be one of the first agencies who undertake JFA’s training package once it is released. Learnings will be shared for future State Government training packages.

The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment have also been working on a survey for other agencies, including SA Health, and people living with disability, to identify best practice in disability awareness training.

SA Health has started the process to review disability awareness training for its employees and will ensure the experience of people living with disability is included in the development of training content. SA Health has committed to this action in its first DAIP. All Local Health Networks have included in their DAIPs a commitment to establishing their own disability awareness training.

Action 9

Ensure induction of new State authority employees includes information about working with people living with disability.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2020–23

Notes: Relevant State authorities have included this action in their DAIP, all of which can be accessed via the Inclusive SA website.

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Last Updated:
12 Aug 2020
Printed on:
23 Oct 2021
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