Inclusive SA

Theme One: Inclusive communities for all

Social inclusion is a priority for people living with disability as it affects all aspects of their lives. It is our aim that the contributions and rights of people living with disability are valued and understood by all South Australians and that their rights are promoted, upheld and protected.

We also want to ensure that people living with disability are supported to advocate for their own rights.

Priority 1: Involvement in the community

Action 1

Develop an event toolkit to promote accessible and inclusive practices for State authorities in community events.

Status: Complete

Estimated timeframe: 2020–21

Notes: DHS co-designed the Accessible and Inclusive Community Events Toolkit, published on the Inclusive SA website.

Action 2

Explore the redesign or creation of an app (or other medium) that displays existing and future services and facilities (such as toilets, eateries, sports and recreation facilities, parks and trails, arts organisations and cultural institutions, transport services, beaches that are wheelchair and disability-access friendly).

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2022–23

Notes: The feasibility process has been completed and the supplier has now commenced the design and development of the Inclusive SA app, in conjunction with people with lived experience who have informed the accessibility requirements and the scope of data/information to be included. DHS continues to liaise with the supplier to ensure on-track delivery of the project by early 2022.

Action 3

Develop and promote inclusive play guidelines to guide local councils and other community groups in the development of accessible and inclusive playgrounds and play spaces.

Status: Complete

Estimated timeframe: 2019–20

Notes: Completed in 2019–2020 Annual Report.

Action 4

Collaborate with relevant organisations to run disability access and inclusion awareness training for arts organisations, cultural institutions, sporting organisations and clubs.

Status: Ongoing

Estimated timeframe: 2022–23

Notes: The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing hosted a Game On network session in July 2021 with a presentation from One Culture Support Services, a not-for-profit disability service that empowers people of all cultures and abilities.

The South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service Road Awareness Program (RAP) has been expanded to include workplaces, sporting clubs, correctional services facilities and community organisations. The RAP is a powerful, hard-hitting road safety presentation delivered by firefighters and crash survivors, many now living with a disability, who share their stories with both young and experienced drivers across South Australia and interstate to help them gain a better understanding of what it means to live with a disability.

Arts South Australia provided funding to Access2Arts to develop and trial an online module for disability awareness training. The sector advocates have developed an additional hybrid (in person/on-line) package of disability awareness training for larger organisations which was launched in March 2021.

Action 5

Explore opportunities to increase the involvement of children with disability in sports and cultural activities, for example:

  • expanding the Sports Voucher program for children living with disability
  • providing extra support for children living with disability to participate in VACSWIM
  • promoting the availability of arts programs for children living with disability.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2020–23

Notes: The Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing has initiated a study in partnership with the University of South Australia to understand and improve the reach of the program for disadvantaged communities, including for children living with disability. The aim is to ensure greater inclusion for children with a disability to participate in the VACSWIM Program.

The State Library of South Australia, South Australian Museum and Art Gallery of South Australia continue to provide accessible education programs for children, including sensory-friendly experiences for children with autism, Auslan interpreted tours and multi-sensory and audio described events and tours. Multi-media resources for children with visual or auditory needs are now available.

Arts South Australia continues to fund Restless Dance Theatre and Tutti Arts to run dance theatre workshops and out-of-school hours arts programs for children and young people living with disability.

The State Public Library Services developed sensory story time training videos, which include disability terms and concepts of inclusion, to be used by public libraries and their customers.

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Priority 2: Improving community understanding and awareness

Action 6

Work with relevant State authorities to improve community understanding and awareness that complements and leverages the national effort under the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 and the emerging National Disability Strategy for beyond 2020.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2022–23

Notes: DHS has supported the national effort and implementation of Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021–2031 (ADS), launched on 3 December 2021, by facilitating discussions with State authorities to inform the development and agreement of South Australia’s Targeted Action Plans (TAP). TAPs identify activities to support community awareness of the ADS objectives and connections to Inclusive SA.

In addition, DHS launched the ‘Report it Right’ Guidelines for portraying people with disability in November 2021. The Guidelines support the media in shifting the narrative about what it truly means to live with disability and ensure articles on/about people with disability are written using standard human empathy and interest, without excessive emotional and/or stereotypical language.

Action 7

Work with the Commonwealth Government to develop data indicators that measure changes in community attitudes about the rights and needs of people living with disability.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2021–22

Notes: DHS continues to seek opportunities to work with the Commonwealth Government on initiatives that measure changes in community attitudes about the rights and needs of people living with disability, with consideration to Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021–2031.

In 2022, the State Government will roll out a community awareness campaign that aims to change community perceptions and understanding about disability, underpinned by significant consultation with the disability community to inform the media brief. At the conclusion of the campaign, DHS will undertake an evaluation to measure community impact which will inform next steps.

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Priority 3: Promoting the rights of people living with disability

Action 8

Review disability awareness training packages within State Government agencies, including public health settings, to establish best practice and implement for new and existing employees.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2021–22

Notes: In 2021, the Office of the Commissioner of Public Sector Employment (OCPSE) surveyed public sector agencies’ uptake on disability awareness and inclusion training and coordinated Disability Inclusion training for over 50 public sector employees. In addition, the OCPSE has engaged with:

  • the Disability Advocacy and Complaints Service of South Australia to identify issues for people living with disability when creating inclusive workplaces and inform best practice
  • the Australian Migrant Resource Centre on how to address the barriers faced by culturally and linguistically diverse community members with disability
  • SA Health to develop disability awareness training for health settings.

The Office of the Commissioner of Public Sector Employment is developing a report that identifies contemporary best practice principles with recommendations on how agencies can improve disability inclusion and awareness training.

Action 9

Ensure induction of new State authority employees includes information about working with people living with disability.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2020–23

Notes: 86 per cent of all State authorities are in the process of ensuring that induction of new employees is inclusive of information about working with people with disability. Further information can be found in State authorities’ DAIPs. All DAIPs can be accessed on the Inclusive SA website.

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Last Updated:
12 Aug 2020
Printed on:
02 Dec 2022
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