The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 makes it a legal requirement for local government to provide equal access to employment, public buildings, goods, services and facilities.
All Victorian councils have a disability action plan. A disability action plan identifies actions to remove physical barriers for people with a disability and is also designed to increase employment and change community attitudes.
Councils provide a range of advice, support, guidance and services to ensure the wellbeing of people with a disability to maintain their preferred lifestyle and independence, and have the same opportunities as other members of the community.
While activities vary from council to council, they may include:
- Design of community facilities, buildings, infrastructure and public spaces that support disability access and inclusion
- Equitable access for people with a disability to participate in cultural and social activities, events and civic decision-making opportunities
- Inclusive work cultures that meet the needs of people with a disability
- In-home support services for people with a disability and their carers
- Community transport to activities, services or shopping
- Resources and information provided to meet the needs of people with a disability
- Recharge stations for motor scooters
- Community grant programs
- Advice for businesses to ensure their premises are more accessible.
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