The State Government has announced the Level 1 COVID-19 Business Assistance Package.
The department is committed to continuous review, identification of opportunities and implementing improvements to facilitate the same opportunities for people with disability and their families and carers to access its sporting, recreational, arts and cultural services, information and facilities.
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (department) acknowledges the ideas and inputs received from individuals, community representatives and staff which collectively has formed the basis of this Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP).
This DAIP is informed by prior consultation undertaken in 2017 by DADAA Ltd on behalf of the Department and the subsequent report Embedding Access: An Opportunity for the Arts Sector.
The department takes a planned approach to identify and create opportunities for continuous improvement across all of its services to ensure access and inclusion of all people. This includes taking deliberate action to ensure people with disability, their
families and carers have access to the department’s sporting, recreational, arts and cultural services, information and facilities.
The obligation to develop and implement a DAIP is a shared responsibility across the whole of the department. The department is committed to furthering the principles and objectives of the Disability Services Act 1993 (amended 2004) including
the seven DAIP outcomes and all business areas are expected to take active steps to improve access and inclusion and have input into DAIP development and implementation.
The 2019-2024 DAIP is the first five-year plan of the new department. The plan also supports the department to meet its obligations under the Equal Opportunity Act 1984, the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA), the Carers Recognition Act 2004 and United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability.
This DAIP draws on the direct experiences of people with disability, families and carers. It is informed by previous DAIPs and advice from departmental staff. The plan outlines specific strategies to improve outcomes for people with disability across
seven areas of public life including supporting people with disability and their families and carers to access and use the department’s services, facilities and information and providing all people with the same opportunities, rights and responsibilities.
This DAIP will act as a key strategic document to guide the department’s commitment and investment in access and inclusion over the next five years. It is supported by an implementation plan that outlines the roles and responsibilities of staff
and the actions required of the department to support people with disability to have the same opportunities to participate in community life.
Duncan Ord OAM
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries was established in July 2017 and brought together the former departments of Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; Racing, Gaming and Liquor; the Office of Multicultural Interests,
the former Department of Aboriginal Affairs' Aboriginal History Research Unit and the local government functions of the former Department of Local Government and Communities.
The department is primarily focused on enlivening the Western Australian community and economy through support for and provision of sporting, recreational, cultural and artistic policy, programs and activities. A full list of department facilities and
services is provided as an appendix at the end of this document.
The department also provides regulation and support to local governments and the racing, gaming and liquor industries to maintain quality and compliance with relevant legislation, for the benefit of all Western Australians. The department works with partners
across government and within each of its business areas.
There are seven DAIP outcomes which the department seeks to achieve.
The Disability Services Act 1993 sets out the minimum consultation requirements for public authorities in relation to DAIPs. This DAIP was developed in consultation with people with disability, families, carers, disability organisations, members of the
City of Perth DAIP Reference Group and other community members who were invited to a community consultation session to provide direct input into the DAIP. The consultation session was advertised state-wide in The West Australian on Saturday, 16 March
2019; was available via the department’s website and promoted by email directly to disability organisations and advocacy groups that represent people with disability, families, carers and specialist disability service providers. The session
was promoted online through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The opportunity to give feedback by writing or emailing the department was also provided.
Key managers, staff and members of the department’s DAIP Working Group were invited to attend an internal workshop to consider what actions could be taken to support each of the seven DAIP outcome areas. Each business area also had the opportunity
to have input to the DAIP. This DAIP also considers previous DAIP related research into contemporary trends and good practice in access and inclusion, inputs from the department’s 2018/19 DAIP and a range of DAIPs from former agencies that now
comprise the DLGSC.
The consultation process and previous research commissioned by the department identified a range of barriers and challenges to good access and inclusion. They include:
Most DAIPs are generally championed by a handful of people internal to the department and there is a lack of targets and measures to determine success.
The department has identified the following strategies to achieve the DAIP outcomes:
People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to access the services of, and any events organised by, the department.
Timeline: Case by case depending on type of event
Timeline: December 2019
Timeline: Case by case
People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to access the buildings and other facilities of the department.
Timeline: Project by project
Timeline: December 2019
People with disability receive information from the department in a format that enables them to access the information as readily as other people.
People with disability receive the same level and quality of services from the staff of the department as other people receive.
Timeline: Annual commencing 2019
Timeline: At least annually
People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to make complaints to the department.
Timeline: January 2020
People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to participate in any public consultation by the department.
People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to obtain and maintain employment with a public authority.
Timeline: June 2020
Timeline: August 2020
The DAIP is promoted on the department’s website and, on its public release, through an advertisement in The West Australian. The DAIP is available for download from the department’s website and copies are available in alternative formats,
upon request, including electronic format, large print, audio disc and email.
The department has developed a detailed implementation plan that outlines the roles and responsibilities of its staff in implementing more than 50 actions in support of the DAIP strategies identified in this plan.
The DAIP implementation plan is intended to:
The department takes all practicable measures to ensure that its staff contribute to the success of the DAIP. Agents and contractors are also advised of their obligations under the legislation through binding contracts and agreements. The DAIP Working Group will meet at least twice a year to review progress on the implementation of the strategies identified in the DAIP.
The DAIP is reviewed on an annual basis. The department reports on the implementation of the DAIP in its annual report and provides an annual progress report to the Department of Communities - Disability Services.
The department welcomes ongoing feedback on this plan.
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Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
PO Box 8349
Perth Business Centre WA 6849
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has seven service delivery divisions:
- improve the capacity of local governments to respond to community demands and expectations and
- improve levels of accountability and legislative compliance.
The department is responsible for the delivery of building maintenance, capital works and minor works to buildings vested in the Minister for Sport and Recreation and the Minister for Culture and the Arts including:
The department has offices at:
Gordon Stephenson House140 William Street2nd Floor Reception Perth, WA 6000
Main reception is on level 2, via the lifts in the William Street entrance.
The department has a public enquiries counter at:
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