Chief Executive's message
The Government of South Australia recognises that access and inclusion is a fundamental right for all people, and together we are committed to delivering the economic and social benefits of a more inclusive South Australia.
The Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA) was passed by the 54th Parliament of South Australia, and commenced 1 July 2018. The legislation signalled the government’s commitment to create a more inclusive South Australia.
Access and inclusion is everyone’s business and everyone’s responsibility. Since the launch of Inclusive SA: South Australia’s first State Disability Inclusion Plan, Government of South Australia agencies and local councils have made significant progress in achieving the vision of an accessible and inclusive South Australia, based on fairness and respect.
Although COVID-19 has presented ongoing challenges in 2021, addressing access and inclusion for people living with disability continues to be a top priority for State Government agencies and local councils. Their commitment to delivering the actions outlined in both Inclusive SA and their individual Disability Access and Inclusion Plans (DAIPs) has resulted in significant progress and outcomes for people living with disability and I congratulate all involved for their ongoing commitment and dedication.
Inclusive SA is approaching its third year and I am pleased to report that 75% of actions are now well underway. In addition, State authority DAIPs have concluded their first year of operation and are actively being implemented to deliver tangible on-the-ground solutions.
Key achievements in the past 12 months include
- State Government agencies and local council DAIPs committing to over 2,800 actions to deliver a whole-of-government approach to improve access and inclusion for all South Australians.
- releasing four accessible and inclusive toolkits, which provide practical support to help drive positive actions that deliver the economic and social benefits of a more inclusive state.
- expanding the Department for Environment and Water visitor experiences to be more accessible for people living with disability. The new Goondooloo Ridge walk and picnic area provides an opportunity for people living with disability to enjoy Deep Creek Conservation Park and take in the amazing view of Kangaroo Island.
- opening the Fremont Park all-abilities play space, which features the City of Playford’s first Changing Places public toilet and many inclusive design features, including an all-abilities flying fox, liberty swing, sensory, music and nature play and a communication board.
- developing a set of principles that support State authorities to improve access and inclusion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women and children.
The launch of Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021–2031 in December 2021 presents new and exciting opportunities that will require a whole-of-government approach and strong leadership. I look forward to delivering against this important strategy through Inclusive SA and State authority DAIPs and seeing the benefits for people living with disability.
Chief Executive for the Department of Human Services