May 17, 2017
The City of Sydney is working to improve the lives of people with disability in Sydney with the development of its new Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan.
The City’s fourth disability action plan is part of its ongoing commitment to promote inclusion and access for people with disability and aims to make the local area more inclusive and accessible for everyone.
The draft plan sets out 34 priority actions including:
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City was committed to ensuring that Sydney is a city that respects human rights and dignity and is an inclusive and accessible city for people with disability and people of all ages.
“We’re committed to making Sydney truly inclusive and that objective is at the heart of our fourth Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan,” the Lord Mayor said.
“It lays out practical actions to address barriers faced by people with disability.
“Inclusive cities are easy to get around, they give people with disability opportunities to take part in the diverse social and cultural life of our city and to access meaningful employment.
“An inclusive city benefits everyone – not just people with disability.”
The City’s draft Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan 2017–2021 was developed in consultation with people with disability, disability groups and in collaboration with the City’s Inclusion (Disability) Advisory Panel.
The plan addresses barriers to inclusive participation faced by people with disability including inaccessible facilities, streetscapes, barriers to participation in community life and attitudinal barriers though work to develop positive attitudes and behaviours towards people with disability.
Paul Nunnari, chair of the City’s Inclusion Advisory Panel, said delivering the draft plan will help people with disability who live, work in or visit the city experience greater independence and dignity.
“In Australia approximately 18.5 per cent of the population (almost one in five people) have a disability,” Paul said.
“This plan aims to offer these people more equitable opportunities for social and economic inclusion.
“This plan builds on the City’s ongoing commitment to inclusion, the successes of its previous plans, and harnesses emerging opportunities, ensuring access and inclusion are at the core of all services and facilities the City offers.”
The City developed its first Action Plan for People with Disabilities in 2002. This resulted in substantial and ongoing improvements in the accessibility of public spaces and the development of inclusive programming and accessible information across the City’s services.
The draft Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan 2017–2021 sets out four key directions (determined by the NSW Government) to deliver meaningful outcomes for people with a disability, and priority actions that the City will implement over a four year period. Following this, the plan will be reviewed and updated to reflect any new priorities that will continue to deliver on the long-term vision.
The draft plan will be on public exhibition for 28 days from 17 May–14 June and circulated to key disability sector organisations for comment.
The exhibition is an opportunity for our community to comment on the City’s vision for an inclusive and accessible city. Feedback will be incorporated into the final plan before it is presented to Council.
The final plan will be submitted for adoption by Council on 26 June.
The NSW Government requires all Inclusion (Disability) Action Plans to be in place by 1 July 2017.