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Directorate: Western Sydney, Nepean, Blue Mountains
Division: Child Protection, Permanency, District and Youth Justice
Building positive community attitudes and behaviours
The Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) will provide staff with new communication channels, peer group support and an increased understanding of issues faced by people with a disability in the workplace, as well as focusing on key action areas including support for staff with disability and promoting mental health awareness.
Quarterly meetings to provide the District with an overview of how best to support, retain and employ people with disabilities in our district.
The benefits include:
Increasing the skills of staff through training to competently communicate with staff with disability and support inclusion
Inaugural meeting occurred on 28 February 2020 with 10 District representatives who were successful through an EOI process from Housing Services, Community Services and Commissioning and Planning.
Length of membership for the WSNBM DAC is 12 months with meetings occurring every quarter face-to-face and via MS Teams.
A survey of WSNBM staff was developed in October 2020 to capture the aspirations and challenges of working either as a person with a disability or working with people with disability in the District.
Four articles written by WSNBM DAC members about their own personal experience with mental health or as a carer and tips on how to manage emotional health and wellbeing, sent out to the District each week in October 2020 for Mental Health Month October.
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) event pack, including Trivia questions and celebrity matching games were released to WSNBM District staff on 3 December 2020.
The key findings and summary of the recommendations for the WSNBM DAC survey results were developed by the WSNBM DAC in February 2021.
Endorsement of recommendations and development of an action plan from the results of the WSNBM DAC survey was developed in March 2021.
Upcoming actions for the WSNBM DAC, will include working with District HR representatives on resources to support development opportunities for staff with a disability; and resources for managers to understand reasonable adjustments in the area of WHS.
Current Status: Progressing
Date: September 2021
See above for actions up until September 2021
01 Mar 2023
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.