This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 25 May to 15 June 2020. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of the engagement.
What do we already know?
In 2019 broad community consultation took place in preparing South Australia’s first Disability Inclusion Plan with the resulting key message being that people living with disability aspire to lead meaningful, fulfilling lives. They also want strong accountability and outcomes measures in Disability Access and Inclusion Plans.
The 2019 community consultation highlighted some things that work well and things that have improved across all areas of life, but also pointed to a number of frustrations. The most prominent of these were ongoing negative attitudes, discrimination, low recognition of the value of people living with disability and a general lack of understanding of disability. Also highlighted were physical access barriers and barriers to social inclusion, decision making, employment and education, services, information, transport, housing and health outcomes.
The 2019 community consultation noted that the legal framework for the protection of the rights of people living with disability is quite strong, however, many people living with disability do not know enough about their rights and where to seek advice and do not always receive the support they need. The general vulnerability of people living with disability was also raised as a concern.
What are we already doing?
SAPOL has been working hard to improve the accessibility of its services and facilities and to be inclusive in its delivery of services and in the protection of society’s most vulnerable people. But we know we can do more.
In recent years we have
- increased the level and quality of disability awareness training for all employees.
- increased paid and volunteer employment opportunities for people living with disability.
- improved facilities to enable greater access for people living with disability.
- worked collaboratively to improve law, processes and systems to provide greater accessibility and better outcomes for people living with disability.
- enhanced online systems, information and communication to provide greater accessibility and better outcomes for people living with disability.
- provided greater support to employees living with disability through increased flexible work options and employee assistance and wellbeing programs.
- established a new Diversity and Inclusion Branch with greater resourcing to support people from diverse backgrounds including those living with disability.
Why are we doing it?
- We are committed to providing services that are accessible to all South Australians.
- We are committed to being inclusive in our delivery of those services.
- We are undertaking this review as we prepare our new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (2020-2024).
- The new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan will help us take action to ensure our services and facilities are accessible and inclusive.