One year on from the launch of Inclusive SA: South Australia’s first State Disability Inclusion Plan and the State Government and local councils are moving forward to deliver the economic and social benefits of a more inclusive South Australia.
Inclusive SA is our commitment to the South Australian community - a starting point, and a framework for State Government agencies and local councils to improve access and inclusion for people living with disability that we will build upon and improve over the next four years.
In updating you on the progress and achievements to date of Inclusive SA, I am pleased to report that 94 state authorities have now delivered and published their Disability Access and Inclusion Plans (DAIPs).
Each DAIP plays a vital role in removing the barriers faced by people living with disability to enable all South Australians to fully participate in our society.
All DAIPs align with our vision for an accessible and inclusive South Australia based on fairness and respect.
They are guided by four themes:
- Inclusive communities for all.
- Leadership and collaboration.
- Learning and employment.
- Accessible communities.
Key achievements in the past 12 months include:
- the release of the Inclusive Play guidelines by the Department of Human Services to guide local councils and other community groups in the development of accessible and inclusive playgrounds and play spaces
- inclusion of accessible amenities, lifts, ramps, spatial designs, wayfinding signage and hearing loops (within the courtrooms) in the Supreme Court Complex ensuring unimpeded access to justice for all court users as part of the Higher Courts Redevelopment Project
- the launch of the SA Public Sector Disability Employment Strategy by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment
- the launch of the Inclusive SA website to raise awareness about disability and provide key resources for people living with disability and the community in supporting access and inclusion.
I congratulate all involved for their ongoing commitment to continue engaging with community stakeholders to ensure their voices are heard, and to develop solutions collaboratively.
Accessibility and inclusivity benefit all South Australians and I am excited to see the rewards from our whole-of-government approach.
I am looking forward to reporting annually on the delivery of actions identified in DAIPs across the state, and on our progress to implement all 39 Inclusive SA actions.
Michelle Lensink MLC
Minister for Human Services