Learn about our DIAP and how we’re focused on Action for Inclusion.
Our Disability Inclusion Action Plan
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Our first Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) as a department learns from the individual plans of our former agencies. It also acknowledges the challenge to ensure that our plan is integrated as part of core business, not an add-on competing for attention and resources.
Although DIAPs currently have a four-year life, they must become integrated into organisational culture and practice. To achieve this, we commit to the below.
- We will be constantly aware of, proactive and responsive to disability matters.
This will ensure we are inclusive of people with disability in our workplaces and in our engagement with the community.
- ‘Action for Inclusion’
We will take deliberate steps to identify challenge areas and take planned and resourced actions to address them. This will come in the form of projects.
Projects are at the heart of our DIAP
- Many projects will be identified at Board, Division or Directorate level as priorities.
- Other projects can be developed by groups such as our Disability Employee Network (DEN) and staff committed to bringing about positive cultural change in their areas.
- To address the needs of staff with disability effectively, we will directly engage our people. All projects must engage with key stakeholders in a meaningful way through the life of the project – from design to evaluation.
- The DEN will be consulted about all projects impacting staff with disability.
- Key disability stakeholders will be engaged with for all service-related projects.
Our plan is to achieve the following aims under the four focus areas set by the NSW Disability Inclusion Plan (outlined in the ‘Welcome’ section).
Positive attitudes and behaviours
- We will continue to develop a workplace culture in which we think and act inclusively.
- We commit to continuing to develop disability awareness skills in our frontline workers across our range of services to ensure we engage with community members with disability with sensitivity and respect.
- Through our services, we will support and contribute to actions that make our communities physically accessible and socially inclusive.
- We will work with people with disability who are involved with our services to support them to be successful in living safe and rewarding lives in their communities.
- We will continue to refine our recruitment methods to ensure that people with disability experience accessible and fair selection processes.
- We will continue to develop a workplace culture in which people with disability have equal access to career development opportunities and opportunity to give their best work.
- We aim to be an employer of choice for people with disability.
Better systems and processes
- We commit to ensuring our systems and processes are universally accessible.
- We commit to employing the principles of inclusive or universal design to shape all our systems and processes.
Why our DIAP is web-based
Our DIAP will evolve throughout the life of the plan. Having it online helps to ensure it’s:
- accessible – user-friendly and easy to understand.
- up-to-date - so we can keep you informed about projects and successes.
- accountable – it will help you see what progress is being made.