See how we’re building a culture of accessibility and inclusion for our staff and the communities we work with.

Secretary’s foreword

Secretary for the Department of Communities and Justice, Michael Coutts-Trotter

At the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) we often work with people at critical times in their lives.

Our work can be challenging, confronting and confusing for those we work with. It is essential that we behave with respect and compassion.

We have a duty to be inclusive, and the NSW Government recognises that people with disability are too often excluded and denied dignity because of insensitive design and uninformed attitudes.

DCJ aims to help create a more inclusive community through our first Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP). It has four focus areas:

  • Attitudes and behaviours
  • Liveable communities
  • Meaningful employment
  • Systems and processes

The two agencies that merged to form DCJ in 2019 had promised to work better with staff with disability.

We’ve made considerable progress on this, thanks to the impressive work of our - ever-growing - Disability Employee Network (DEN).

And while we still have a way to go, together we’ll get there.

We will use our DIAP to help create an organisational culture where everyone is aware of, and responds to, the needs of people with disability in our workplaces and in our community.

I will champion this DIAP and our department will actively support it.

Michael Coutts-Trotter
NSW Department of Communities and Justice

Note: Michael Coutts-Trotter was the Secretary of the Department of Communities and Justice at the time the DCJ Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2020-2024 was published.

Last updated:

05 Aug 2022

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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.

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