Following the amalgamation, the new department commenced the development of a new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2018 – 2023 (DAIP) in accordance with section 29 of the Disability Services Act 1993, (DS Act) and schedule 3 of the Disability Services Regulations 2004.
During the past 12 months, the department has continued to meet its commitment to the principles and objectives of the DS Act. It achieved this by consolidating and implementing the strategies and initiatives identified in the DAIPs of the former departments to:
- ensure that People with disability, their families and carers are able to fully access the range of department’s services and facilities, providing them with the same opportunities, rights and responsibilities available to all other people in the community;
- ensure that People with disability are given the opportunity to participate in shaping the community through the consultative process with local business and industry in respect of new investments; and
- consult with People with disability, their families and carers and, where required, disability organisations, to ensure that barriers to access and inclusion are addressed appropriately.
The department’s progress on DAIP is reported to the Department of Communities with outcomes measured against the planned and completed strategies of the DAIP. Accordingly, the following summary outlines how the department provided access to its services, buildings and information:
People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to access the services of, and any events organised by, the department.
- Formed new DAIP committee comprising representatives from each business area, and includes three staff members with a disability.
- A committee member with a visual disability provided valuable feedback on website information for accessing the Mason Bird Building and Gordon Stephenson House. Similar references will be developed for all sites.
- Completed an events manual and checklist as an aid to organising accessible department- arranged or sponsored events.
- Commenced a review of the department’s Disability Access and Inclusion Policy.
People with disabilities have the same opportunities as other people to access the buildings and other facilities of the department.
- Maintained current physical accessibility features of all office buildings and facilities for People with disability.
- Completed refurbishments of the counter, emergency exit and office layout of the Kalgoorlie West office, and of the main entrance and access pathways of the Southern Cross office.
- Completed lift upgrades at the department’s Mineral House headquarters to assist people with visual disability.
- Continued to develop Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans with the Fire Services Provider for any staff with physical, mental or sensory impairment, either temporary or permanent, that required assistance during an emergency evacuation. Trained staff with disabilities, and their buddies, on their awareness of evacuation procedures in the event of an emergency. This is to be extended to all regional office sites.
People with disabilities receive information from the department in a format that will enable them to access the information as readily as other people are able to access it.
- Continued towards compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) and alignment with the Government Chief Information Officer’s Digital Services Policy.
- Continued to offer departmental information in alternative formats upon request and to promote this service in publications.
People with disabilities receive the same level and quality of service from the staff of the department as other people receive.
- A facilitator with disability conducted disability awareness and inclusion training for staff.
- As part of the Casual Dress Day, money is donated by staff to various charity organisations and promoted via the staff intranet e.g. International Guide Dog Day and Disabled Children’s Foundation Inc.
People with disabilities have the same opportunities as other people to make complaints to the department.
- Published and monitored email addresses on our website that provide an avenue for People with disability to provide specific complaints about any issues encountered with our services or facilities.
People with disabilities have the same opportunities as other people to participate in any public consultation by the department.
- Committed to improving opportunities for public consultation with all people in the community, including those with disability by recognising the importance of engaging people of varied backgrounds, skills, talents and perspectives in the consultation process.
- The DAIP committee met quarterly to discuss and monitor the effectiveness of strategies outlined in the current DAIP.
- Endeavoured to provide an accessible venue for all public consultation events with information available in alternative formats if required, including Australian Sign Language (Auslan) interpreters.
People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to obtain and maintain employment within the department.
- Established an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Diversity Taskforce to build a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace, including a focus on increasing workforce representation of People with disability and reporting on progress.
- Worked with JobAccess to ensure departmental attraction, recruitment and retention strategies are barrier-free and best practice, including implementation of the Reasonable Adjustment Procedure.
- Successfully awarded two trainees, through the Public Sector Commission’s People with disability Traineeship Program, due to commence in the new financial year.