We work with councils to promote access and inclusion in local communities to ensure people with a disability have the same opportunities as other members of the community.
Proposed disability parking changes
The State Government is seeking to bring the definition of a parking permit for people with disabilities into line with all other Australian jurisdictions, and VicRoads is seeking council comments.
The current definition recognises a permit ‘issued in another state or territory that includes a people with disabilities symbol’. It does not recognise overseas permits (e.g. tourists) even when they were validly issued and carry the universal ‘people with disabilities’ symbol.
The amended definition being proposed by the State is:
"Parking permit for people with disabilities means a parking permit issued by a council in accordance with the Code for the Disabled Persons Parking Scheme as published by the Corporation in the Government Gazette from time to time, or a similar permit issued in another jurisdiction, that includes a people with disabilities symbol."
If you have any comment or would like further information on the proposed change, contact Rodney Blythe at VicRoads by 11 March.
Metro and Rural Access Program
The MAV and the Local Government Disability Planners Network held a forum on Building Inclusive Communities on 26 February 2015, hosted by the City of Melbourne for over 160 council delegates, community advisory committees, and government representives.
The State Government confirmed that the Building Inclusive Communities program will be rolled over for a further three-year period when the current agreement concludes on June 30 this year.
Service agreements will include a provision to enable variations that may be invoked based on the arrangements agreed for full scheme rollout of the NDIS.
A new Framework for Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) formerly known as Tier 2 of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, is available.
This component of the NDIS will build capacity for people with disability, their families and carers, and create greater community inclusion.
Target consultation on the ILC is currently underway and you can submit your comments until 15 March 2015.
For further information, contact Jan Black.
Increasing employment & civic participation
Policies and practices to increase the number of people with a disability being employed in local government and participating in civic life are highlighted in two guides and a report. The guides and report are based on findings from MAV workshops.
The report, Local government: building inclusive communities (Word - 171KB), informs councils of recent developments in disability policy and legislation. It also provides assistance to meet new requirements and outlines the context and policy areas of the workshops.
The guides, Creating employment opportunities for people with a disability (Word - 304KB) and Increasing civic participation and improving consultation with people with a disability (Word - 292KB) provide councils with actions that can be incorporated in their:
Framework for a more inclusive community
The Creating a more inclusive community for people with a disability framework (Word - 128KB) helps councils create more inclusive communities for people with a disability by addressing ways in which barriers to participation and access can be reduced.
The framework draws on what many councils are already working on via their disability action plans and strategic planning documents.
Between 18 and 20 per cent of Victorians have a disability. This number is increasing and is expected to continue to grow because of population growth, ageing and increased life expectancy.
The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 makes it a legal requirement for local government to provide equal access to employment, public buildings, goods, services and facilities.
All 79 Victorian councils have a disability action plan. A disability action plan identifies actions to remove physical barriers for people with a disability and is also designed to increase employment and change attitudes.
National disability strategy
The focus of the national disability strategy is on improving access to mainstream services across all levels of government and the community in the following areas:
- inclusive and accessible communities
- rights protection, justice and legislation
- economic security
- personal and community support
- learning and skills
- health and wellbeing.
State disability plan
The Victorian state disability plan 2013 – 2016 focuses on a whole-of-government approach to improving the economic and social outcomes for Victorians with a disability, their families and carers.