The Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA) (the Act) was passed in 2018 to strengthen the Government of South Australia’s commitment to improving access and inclusion for people living with disability.
Inclusive SA is a cross-government initiative with 99 legislated State Government agencies and local councils (State authorities) leading specific Inclusive SA actions and their own DAIPs, to provide quality access and inclusion improvements within localised areas.
Inclusive SA and DAIP actions support the implementation of both the Act and Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021–2031, along with the principles agreed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
For South Australian communities to prosper, we must support people living with disability to achieve a good life. Inclusive SA reflects and draws on the consultation that occurred during the development of the plan and we are committed to meaningful consultation with State Government agencies, local councils, people living with disability and relevant organisations and advocates to ensure the themes, priorities and actions of Inclusive SA drive positive change.
Inclusive SA brings to the forefront considerations that reduce the barriers for people living with disability. State authorities have identified actions to improve access and inclusion for people living with disability via their DAIPs, thus creating a blueprint for change.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) continues to lead the implementation of Inclusive SA by maintaining a cross-government community of practice. In 2021, DHS listened to people with lived experience of disability through consultations with the four priority groups identified in the Act: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women and children.
This has led to a set of principles to guide and inform State authorities agencies and local councils to address the identified issues and barriers for these priority groups.
The Inclusive SA plan will be revised to come into alignment with Australia’s Disability Strategy and reflect the shifting priorities of people living with disability in South Australia.
This annual report provides an overview of Inclusive SA and a snapshot of the progress of Inclusive SA actions undertaken by State authorities over the past twelve months, including significant achievements.
Throughout the report, case studies are presented that showcase innovation and best practice examples of how State authorities have met and expanded on their commitment to Inclusive SA through their DAIPs and related actions.
This year’s annual report:
- provides an update on the progress of the 39 actions in Inclusive SA during 2020–21
- presents highlights and showcases the achievements from State authorities through DAIPs
- outlines plans, goals and new initiatives for 2021–22.