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