The year 2020 presented many challenges and a number of State Government agencies and local councils have been central to the State’s response to bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite competing priorities for the South Australian Government, progress has been made against most actions within Inclusive SA.
A summary of our progress against each action is set out in following pages.
Some key achievements for the 2019–20 financial year include:
Action 3: Inclusive Play Guidelines
Play is an essential part of our children’s development and wellbeing. It helps them to build confidence, develop social and communication skills, learn how to care for others and the environment, develop physical, cognitive and emotional skills, and increases their overall health and happiness. The Inclusive Play Guidelines were launched in December 2019 and were developed to guide local councils and other community groups in the development of accessible and inclusive playgrounds and play spaces.
Action 17: Higher Courts Redevelopment Project (HCRP)
Completed in June 2020, the HCRP involved the redevelopment of facilities for the Supreme Court Complex and level 5 of the Sir Samuel Way building. As part of the redevelopment in the Supreme Court Complex, access issues were addressed for judicial officers, staff and the public as the users of the court, in line with the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992. Access issues have been addressed through the inclusion of accessible amenities, lifts, ramps, spatial designs, wayfinding signage and hearing loops (within the courtrooms), which ensures unimpeded access to justice for all court users.
Action 20: Inclusive SA website
The stand-alone Inclusive SA website was launched on 3 December 2020 to coincide with the International Day of People with Disability. The website provides key resources for people living with disability and the community and supports raising awareness about disability and the work that State authorities are doing to improve access and inclusion.
Action 37: Public Sector Employment Strategy
The Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment’s SA Public Sector Disability Employment Strategy and associated plan were launched in June 2020. These documents provide a strong framework for a public sector that respects and values the contribution and experience of employees with disability. An online toolkit was also developed to provide information and practical advice for all public sector employees.