Inclusive SA

Theme Two: Leadership and collaboration

People living with disability want to have a greater role in leading and contributing to government and community decision-making. It is our aim that the perspectives of people living with disability are actively sought and that they are supported to participate meaningfully in government and community consultation and engagement activities.

Priority 4: Participation in decision-making

Action 10

Share the learnings of the improved Supported Decision-Making approach for people living in State Government accommodation services with State authorities.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2022–23

Notes: The Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) commenced a supported decision-making project in October 2021, in partnership with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, to document the choices of OPA clients who have impaired decision-making capacity.

To date, a project and governance framework has been established, with an internal working group, health interface group and reference group meeting to progress the work.

Action 11

State authorities to support young people living with disability to actively participate in decision-making.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2022–23

Notes: 74 per cent of all State authorities are supporting young people with disability to actively participate in decision-making. Further information can be found in State authorities’ DAIPs. All DAIPs can be accessed on the Inclusive SA website.

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Priority 5: Leadership and raising profile

Action 12

Develop a communications strategy to promote BoardingCall, the South Australian Government recruitment register for boards and committees, to ensure it is promoted to people living with disability.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2022–23

Notes: The Department of the Premier and Cabinet’s accessibility enhancement to BoardingCall is currently in progress and a communication strategy is expected to be completed by 30 June 2022.

Action 13

Ensure high quality and co-ordinated engagement with the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, including providing consistent, accurate and relevant information, through a dedicated response unit led by the Attorney-General’s Department.

Status: In progress

Estimated timeframe: 2020–23

Notes:  The Disability Royal Commission Response Unit has:

  • monitored 16 public hearings and prepared hearing summaries
  • managed agency participation at two public hearings involving the State of South Australia
  • coordinated agency responses to 20 Summons to Produce statements and/or documents
  • assisted agencies to respond to three Royal Commission Issues Papers
  • distributed a regular newsletter to inform stakeholders of the activities of the Disability Royal Commission.

The Royal Commission will provide its final report to the State Government by 29 September 2023.

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Priority 6: Engagement and consultation

Action 14

Develop a toolkit that supports State authorities to consult and engage with people living with disability when developing policies and programs, which:

  • promotes and explains co-design principles
  • focuses on supports for consultation within regional South Australia.

Status: Complete

Estimated timeframe: 2020–21

Notes: DHS co-designed the Engagement and Consultation with People living with Disability toolkit, published on the Inclusive SA website and is available in an accessible format.

Action 15

Review the function of the Disability Engagement Group (DEG) to:

  • ensure membership is focused on people living with disability and carers
  • increase membership in rural and regional areas
  • increase the use of the DEG members in decision-making and policy initiatives
  • support members to develop advisory and leadership skills.

Status: Complete

Estimated timeframe: 2020–21

Notes: DHS has completed the review of the Disability Engagement Group and a new 12-member group of members with lived experience of disability from metropolitan and country areas will meet in February 2022.

DEG members will include:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • women
  • children.

The DEG members will provide vital advice on the future direction of Inclusive SA, contributing to improved access and inclusion for South Australians with disabilities.

We will continue to communicate with the current 400 members via Disability Talk.

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