NSW Government reports on progress of their Disability Inclusion Plan

Thu 26 July 2018

NSW Government is striving to become Australia’s State of Inclusion. To demonstrate their progress, they’ve released the NSW Disability Inclusion Plan Update 2017 which outlines the steps they’ve taken to support inclusion of people with disability and their access to mainstream services.

Focus of the NSW Disability Inclusion Plan

NSW Government NSW Disability Inclusion Plan cover with picture of a man with a prosthetic leg looking confident on his sailing boat

The NSW Disability Inclusion Plan 2014-2018 is structured around four key themes:

  1. Developing positive community attitudes and behaviours
  2. Creating liveable communities
  3. Supporting access to meaningful employment
  4. Improving access to mainstream services through better systems and processes.

The NSW Disability Inclusion Plan Update outlines how the Plan has been implemented across NSW Government Clusters and Local Councils, and highlights achievements to date.

Some of the practical steps taken by NSW Government departments and agencies 

The NSW Disability Inclusion Plan Update is a useful tool to spark ideas about the practical steps organisations can take. Here’s a roundup of some of the steps taken by NSW Government. 

  • Reviewed recruitment practices to identify and remove unintended barriers to inclusive recruitment.
  • Invested in programs that connect people with disability to business.
  • Implemented an effective workplace adjustments policy.
  • Invested in disability confidence training.
  • Made sure information and ICT systems complied with accessibility standards.
  • Incorporated accessibility requirements into purchasing processes related to ICT.
  • Developed access and inclusion plans in close collaboration with people with disability and community stakeholders.
  • Partnered with business and community groups to promote inclusion and encourage employment of people with disability.
  • Created marketing campaigns, such as the See the Possibilities campaign, to promote positive perceptions.
  • Established committees and networks to oversee development and implementation of plans.
  • Used the perspective and lived experience of people with disability to inform design and accessibility measures.
  • Developed guidelines and other resources to guide access and inclusion across individual business areas.

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