Wattle Range Council Disability Access and Inclusion Plan
Under the Disability Inclusion Act 2018, all state authorities are required to create and implement their own Disability Access and Inclusion Plans (DAIPs) reporting on them annually from 31 October 2020 and reviewing them every four years. These state authorities DAIPs sit below the overarching State Plan.
After a selective tender process, Council engaged consulting firm EnvironArc to assist with the development of Wattle Range Council’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan. EnvironArc’s Managing Director, Michael Galea is an experienced International Access Consultant and Project Manager with extensive experience in Local and State Governments at senior executive levels.In 2002, Mike became legally blind due to Optic Neuritis from Multiple Sclerosis, which gives him a passion for equity, inclusion and universal design principles.
During the project, Mr Galea attended Wattle Range Council on multiple occasions and worked closely with Councils project team. Mr Galea also undertook gaps audits on all of Council’s Policies and Procedures, gained an understanding of the Council organisation and key staff responsibilities, facilitated DAIP workshops, collated comments and ideas from all workshops and developed a community and staff consultation survey. The community survey was developed to complement the Council area and was well responded to with 133 submissions.
After collating all ideas, comments and gap analysis findings, EnvironArc working closely with Council’s project team, developed Wattle Range Council’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan. Attached to the plan is a 14 page document listing actions for Council to priorities and consider for funding in future budgets. The Wattle Range Council Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2019-2023 and its associated actions were adopted by Council at its meeting held on 11 August 2020.
The Wattle Range Council Disability Access and Inclusion Plan and Actions are also available in accessible formats on request.