Draft Universal Access & Inclusion Plan

Greater Shepparton City Council's Universal Access and Inclusion Plan 2018 – 2021 (UAIP) aims to enhance access to Council’s planning processes, services, communications and employment systems within the broader community.

The draft plan is now open for community consultation. Feedback can be made by contacting Councils Access & Inclusion Officer on 03 5832 9700.

This consultation closes at 5.00pm on 13 July 2018.

The plan has a broad scope designed to identify and address the barriers that all sectors of the community encounter in their day-to-day life. It includes a range of actions targeted at barriers that people encounter when accessing services, information, support and using Council infrastructure. Implementation of the Plan will take place over the next four years.

The implementation and related actions of the Plan will be monitored by the Disability Advisory Committee and other relevant advisory bodies. The Disability Advisory Committee will assist in the annual review of the action plan to ensure its relevance to those who experience barriers in the community.

The requirement for Victorian public sector bodies to prepare a Disability Action Plan (DAP) was introduced under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA -Commonwealth) and the Disability Act 2006 (Vic). The objects of the DDA include eliminating discriminations against persons on the ground of disability in a number of contexts including employment, access to premises, and provision of goods, services and facilities.

Disability Action Plans are common and well accepted across industry, government and many professional organisations. The UAIP is Council's Disability Action Plan and is intended to be a process of improvement that develops over time, with progress reporting on a periodical basis, and inbuilt reviews.

The Disability Advisory Committee has a key role in monitoring the implementation of the Universal Access and Inclusion Plan, and are instrumental in its review process.

The draft plan is available below. If you require a copy in another format, please contact Council's Access and Inclusion Officer on 03 5832 9700.