It is time for the State Government to lead by example and work to improve access and inclusion for people with disability. Inclusive SA is our commitment to create a more inclusive South Australia. It is our first State Disability Inclusion Plan and it will bring State Government agencies and local councils together to reduce the barriers faced by people living with disability.
In 2018, the Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA) was passed because we recognised that a stronger commitment was needed. This plan, and the Disability Access and Inclusion Plans (DAIPs) that State Government agencies and local councils will develop, will help ensure that new strategies address barriers and promote positive action.
Inclusive SA sets out specific actions for State Government agencies and local councils (‘State authorities’) to achieve. These will support the implementation of the National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 (NDS) and the principles agreed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). Inclusive SA also complements the NDIS, as it aims to address access and inclusion for all South Australians living with disability, including people who are not NDIS participants.
While Inclusive SA sets the focus for the next four years, it is also a living document that will respond to shifting priorities and new information, as governments across Australia are working together to design a new national disability strategy for 2020 and beyond. Inclusive SA will also be updated to reflect social, political and environmental changes as well as any response to recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. A revised plan will be published in 2021.