Our Disability Inclusion Action Plan for 2022-2026 will support our commitment to creating more inclusive communities.
This plan will guide our activities for the next four years as we seek funding and support to improve inclusion across the MidCoast.
The Plan has been prepared after consultation with the community and is the result of many hours of collaborative work.We really appreciate the effort of community members living with disability as well as friends, families, carers, and service providers in helping us develop the Plan and make improvements.
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Why did the plan need updating?
The Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan is a four-year plan that provides strategies to improve accessibility and inclusiveness for everyone in our community. In 2008 the Australian Government committed to implementing the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities "to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity".
As a means of fulfilling this commitment, the NSW Government introduced the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 (NSW). This Act required all NSW councils to have a Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan in place by June 2017. We review our plan every four years and it was due for an update in 2022.
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First phase of consultation
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Consultation with community through surveys and focus groups
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March – April 2022
Development of Draft Strategy
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27 April 2022
Draft Strategy to Council for endorsement for exhibition period
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2 May - 8 June
Second phase of exhibition period. This consultation is open for contributions.
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Contributions to this exhibition are closed for evaluation and review.
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Final report to Council
Community feedback received over the exhibition and the draft documents are reported to Council. Council considers these matters and amendments (if required) and the draft documents are adopted.
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Council adopts the Plan
Draft documents are adopted, plan now in force.