Access and Inclusion Plan

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Even Better, Together

The Shire of Harvey’s Access and Inclusion Plan Even Better, Together 2021-2026 was developed in co-design with our community, including people living with a disability, family members, service providers, support groups and key organisations.

The Shire of Harvey’s Access and Inclusion Plan, Even Better, Together 2021-2026 was adopted by Council on 27 July 2021 and sets the Shire’s commitment to their ongoing vision of becoming the most accessible community in regional Western Australia.

This plan can be made available to you in alternative formats. If you would like to request a format, or provide feedback, please get in touch with our  Access and Inclusion Officer.

Our Access Community
  • People living with a disability
  • People living with chronic conditions
  • Ageing population
  • Parents of young children
  • People with language barriers
  • Organisations and service providers
  • People providing support or care for a person with a disability or chronic illness
Guiding Principles
  • Empowerment: We strive to provide opportunities that empower our access community to build capcity and contribute to key decisions.
  • Awareness: We seek to raise awareness and understanding of the experiences of our access community.
  • Engagement: We value the voice and viewpoints of our access community and ensure that continued opportunities to engage are provided.
  • Partnerships: We work in partnership with our community to build capacity, develop innovative projects and seek funding towards goals.
  • Co-Design: We work collaboratively with our access community in developing projects and initiatives that affect thier quality of life.
  • Universal Design: We ensure universal design principles are applied towards the Shire's future developments and projects.
Legislative Framework

Western Australian Local Government have a legislative requirement under the Disability services Act 1993 to develop and implement a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP). The DAIP assists Shire of Harvey to plan and implement improvements to access and inclusion across seven outcome areas. 

  • Outcome 1: People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to access the services of, and any event held by a public authority.
  • Outcome 2: People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to access the buildings and facilities of a public authority.
  • Outcome 3: People with disability receive information from a public authority in a format that will enable them to access the information as readily as other people.
  • Outcome 4: People with disability receive the same level and quality of service as other people from a public authority.
  • Outcome 5: People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to make complaints to a public authority.
  • Outcome 6: People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to participate in any consultation held by a public authority.
  • Outcome 7: People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to obtain and maintain employment with a public authority.
Overarching Goals

The Shire of Harvey's Access and Inclusion Plan 2021-2026 includes overarching goals aimed at empowering our access community through providing opportunities to participate, contribute and thrive. These goals provided a key opportunity to address the needs of our access community outside of the legislative DAIP outcomes.

Goals:

  1. Community Participation: Our community provides accessible services, events and activities that encourage social and community participation by people of all abilities.
  2. Community Capacity Building: Our community helps us to understand and access support when we need it.
  3. Accessible Communications and Information: Our community provides opportunities for all abilities to be connected to information and communications.
  4. Inclusive Placemaking and Co-Design: Our community provides opportunities for all abilities to be connected to information and communications.
  5. Access to Opportunity: Our community provides access to meaningful employment and education opportunities for people of all abilities.
Priority Projects
  1. Current facilities and future developments built to standard
  2. Inclusive Placemaking
  3. Access and Inclusion Touchpoints
  4. Access and Inclusion Ambassador Program
  5. Alternative Communications