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.
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, 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 and Increasing civic participation and improving consultation with people with a disability 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 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 Disability Act 2006 (Vic) requires that a new state disability plan is in place by 1 January 2013. The plan will focus on a whole-of-government approach to improving the economic and social outcomes for Victorians with a disability, their families and carers.