Driving Inclusive SA
The Government of South Australia is taking a lead on promoting access and inclusion of people living with disability. Inclusive SA is the State’s commitment to achieving our goals and to guide our work in challenging the barriers and exclusion that people living with disability experience daily.
Throughout the life of Inclusive SA, we will look to develop new opportunities and identify new ways for people living with disability to participate fully in their communities.
Our aim is to see all State authorities work towards common goals and shared directions for 2021–22 and beyond.
Australia’s Disability Strategy
Another way we are accountable for our progress with Inclusive SA is through our implementation of Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021–2031 (ADS). The ADS complements the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ensuring people with disability can participate in all areas of Australian life and fulfil their potential as equal citizens. The ADS is a shared commitment by all Australian Governments to work together to improve the lives of Australians living with disability, their families and their carers.
Australia’s Disability Strategy was released on the International Day of People with Disability, 3 December 2021.
A key part of the ADS are Targeted Action Plans (TAPs) which help apply an intensive focus to achieve specific deliverables for people with disability. The five initial TAPs focus on employment, community attitudes, early childhood, safety and emergency management.
South Australia’s Targeted Action Plan actions highlight the work already underway and align to Inclusive SA. As part of the TAPs, South Australia has committed to undertaking a review of Inclusive SA and the Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA) to ensure alignment with Australia’s Disability Strategy.
The Department of Human Services will ensure that planning and engagement undertaken by the Australian Government is shared with State authorities to promote targeted, localised communication in driving the aims of the ADS.
Review of Inclusive SA
The Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA) requires the Minister for Human Services to review Inclusive SA once in each four-year period to ensure that the actions and measures State authorities are undertaking continue to evolve and meet the shifting priorities of people living with disability in South Australia.
With the launch of Australia’s Disability Strategy, the Department of Human Services has commenced an interim review. The second edition of Inclusive SA will guide the State authorities in the delivery of the Targeted Action Plans.
The Department of Human Services will focus on implementing the guiding principles that have been developed to improve access and inclusion for priority groups under the Act:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
These principles will support State authorities to create better access and inclusion for all people living with disability.