This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 6 August 2019 to 30 August 2019. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of this engagement.
South Australians had their say about our first State Plan during March and April this year. Over 380 people took part in consultations across metropolitan and regional South Australia through YourSAy, community forums, written and telephone submissions and face to face interviews.
The consultation was an exciting time. We heard from people living with disability, their families and carers, people that work in the sector, and other community members. We heard that community attitudes, employment, education, and built environments are important to you. You can read more about the consultation in the Consultation Report tab or the Easy Read Version tab.
Based on what you told us matters the most, our first plan will focus on the following areas:
- Leading and collaborating in decision-making
- Inclusive communities for all
- Accessible communities
- Learning and employment
The State Plan has an overarching vision, and each theme has its own vision and individual ‘I’ statements.
We are committed to getting the basics right in our first State Plan and will continue to listen to what the community has to tell us. The consultations with the following priority groups are continuing and will be added to the State Plan within two years, or as the consultations are completed:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
- Culturally and linguistically diverse people.
We are also working with other State Government departments and local councils to develop further actions for change and will update the State Plan when this work is complete.
There is considerable commitment across State Government and local councils to increase the accessibility and inclusion of our communities for people living with disability. A significant number of agencies already have Disability Access and Inclusion Plans (DAIPs) in place, and many have programs or policies in place to support this commitment. Some examples of existing good practice include supported decision-making resources, various access and inclusion committees, disability awareness training across various State Government departments, improved access and accessibility features throughout some of South Australia’s National Parks, and the employment of Policy and Access Inclusion Officers within some local councils.
The first State Plan recognises the existing work occurring across the State and seeks to ensure the effort is built upon and maximised. We want to standardise initiatives and build the capacity of agencies to implement the highest standard of access and inclusion practice across all that they do.
It is also important to note that the South Australian Government continues to work closely with the Commonwealth Government to resolve any gaps identified in service delivery and responsibility, as the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is completed.
The National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 was the first time that all governments across Australia committed to a unified, national approach to improving the lives of people with disability, their families and carers. A new disability strategy for beyond 2020 is currently being developed by the Commonwealth and will assist South Australia in our future planning.
Government action alone is not enough – the whole community is responsible for improving access and inclusion for people living with disability. It is essential that the State Plan is developed alongside the community so that the whole of South Australia takes ownership and responsibility for bringing it to life.
The State Plan will also inform DAIPs, which will be produced by all State authorities (as defined by the Disability Inclusion Act 2018 (SA)), and authorities will be provided with the detailed consultation undertaken by the Department of Human Services to make sure their plans consider what is important to the community.
The State Plan must be reviewed every four years, but we have committed to reviewing the first plan within the first two years. We will continue to consult and engage with people living with disability, their families and carers, service providers and the broader community to inform inclusion and access in South Australia.