Access & Inclusion Plan 2021-25

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We’ve reviewed and updated our Access and Inclusion Plan, a strategic approach to improve access and inclusion for people over the next four years.

Barriers to access can affect how included and welcome we feel, and whether we’re able to connect with and participate in community life. Inclusion is only possible when communities are inclusive for all people, including culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD), Indigenous and people from the LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender diverse, queer, intersex, asexual and questioning) communities.

It is a requirement under the Western Australian Disability Services Act 1993 (amended 2004) that local government authorities develop and implement a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan, working to achieve seven legislated outcomes.


Review and development

Our review commenced late 2019 and adapted to the challenges of COVID19. The draft Plan has been developed through evaluation and engagement with an external consultant and a key stakeholder working group representing people with disability, local service providers, community members and advocates.


What’s proposed?

Building on the success of previous initiatives, this Plan provides new opportunities to further ensure that challenges faced by many people living, working in, or visiting the Fremantle community are acknowledged and addressed. At a glance it proposes:

  • Three focus areas based on key findings of the review and community engagement process:
  1. Diverse, inclusive and thriving communities.
  2. Accessible places and spaces
  3. Equitable access to City services
  • 24 priority actions under these focus areas, with responsibilities assigned across the organisation. Actions where the City has direct control or influence to achieve the legislated outcomes were prioritised for inclusion in the Plan.
  • Actions that address our requirements under the Western Australian Disability Services Act 1993 (amended 2004) which includes working to achieve their seven legislated outcomes.
  • Proposing an additional (eighth) non-legislated outcome as a commitment from the City to ‘create a welcoming and inclusive city’ and address inclusion and attitudinal (social and environmental) barriers to participation.


Share your thoughts

The draft Plan is now open for your feedback. There are several ways to share your feedback.

Online - Download a copy of the draft plan then provide your feedback online (below):

Hard copy - A hard copy of the Plan and feedback form will be available at our drop-in session, or can be accessed at the Fremantle Library (Fremantle Oval 70 Parry St Fremantle) or The Meeting Place (245 South Tce South Fremantle).

In person - Attend our drop-in session 17 August 2021 at Fremantle Library (Fremantle Oval, 70 Parry Street). Drop in anytime between 3.00pm to 5.00pm to discuss the Plan with staff and provide your feedback.


Share your thoughts on the feedback wall below by 21 August 2021.


We’ve reviewed and updated our Access and Inclusion Plan, a strategic approach to improve access and inclusion for people over the next four years.

Barriers to access can affect how included and welcome we feel, and whether we’re able to connect with and participate in community life. Inclusion is only possible when communities are inclusive for all people, including culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD), Indigenous and people from the LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender diverse, queer, intersex, asexual and questioning) communities.

It is a requirement under the Western Australian Disability Services Act 1993 (amended 2004) that local government authorities develop and implement a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan, working to achieve seven legislated outcomes.


Review and development

Our review commenced late 2019 and adapted to the challenges of COVID19. The draft Plan has been developed through evaluation and engagement with an external consultant and a key stakeholder working group representing people with disability, local service providers, community members and advocates.


What’s proposed?

Building on the success of previous initiatives, this Plan provides new opportunities to further ensure that challenges faced by many people living, working in, or visiting the Fremantle community are acknowledged and addressed. At a glance it proposes:

  • Three focus areas based on key findings of the review and community engagement process:
  1. Diverse, inclusive and thriving communities.
  2. Accessible places and spaces
  3. Equitable access to City services
  • 24 priority actions under these focus areas, with responsibilities assigned across the organisation. Actions where the City has direct control or influence to achieve the legislated outcomes were prioritised for inclusion in the Plan.
  • Actions that address our requirements under the Western Australian Disability Services Act 1993 (amended 2004) which includes working to achieve their seven legislated outcomes.
  • Proposing an additional (eighth) non-legislated outcome as a commitment from the City to ‘create a welcoming and inclusive city’ and address inclusion and attitudinal (social and environmental) barriers to participation.


Share your thoughts

The draft Plan is now open for your feedback. There are several ways to share your feedback.

Online - Download a copy of the draft plan then provide your feedback online (below):

Hard copy - A hard copy of the Plan and feedback form will be available at our drop-in session, or can be accessed at the Fremantle Library (Fremantle Oval 70 Parry St Fremantle) or The Meeting Place (245 South Tce South Fremantle).

In person - Attend our drop-in session 17 August 2021 at Fremantle Library (Fremantle Oval, 70 Parry Street). Drop in anytime between 3.00pm to 5.00pm to discuss the Plan with staff and provide your feedback.


Share your thoughts on the feedback wall below by 21 August 2021.


Feedback

Review the draft City of Fremantle Access and Inclusion Plan 2021-25 (Word version or PDF version) then share your feedback below by 21 August 2021. You will be asked to choose a screen name and provide an email address. 

If you prefer, you can come to our drop-in at the Fremantle Library, Fremantle Oval 70 Parry St Fremantle on 17 August 2021. Drop in anytime between 3.00pm to 5.00pm. 

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Disability should be the focus;
People with a Disability need to feel included.
So; it should start with a Disability Access & Inclusion plan.

Simon Chong 10 days ago