Whitehorse City Council

People With a Disability

People with a disability and/or mental illness are valued members of the Whitehorse community, with the same rights and responsibilities as all other community members. Whitehorse City Council recognises however, that people with a disability and/or mental illness continue to experience barriers that may prevent the full realisation of their rights as equal members of the community.  

The pdf icon Whitehorse Disability Policy and Action Plan 2012-2016.pdf (932.65kB) assists Council to understand the aspirations, interests and needs of people with disability who are working, living, learning, taking part in recreational activities or visiting the municipality.  

In developing this plan, Council wanted to achieve the following:

  • To understand and be directed by the interests, aspirations and needs of people with a disability, their families and supporters who live, work, learn, participate in recreational activities and visit the City of Whitehorse. 
  • Explore current Federal and State legislation and policy directions that influence current resourcing of services and supports for people with a disability
  • Ensure an all of Council involvement– Councillors, all officer levels across the organisation and therefore ensuring a whole of Council approach to building an inclusive City of Whitehorse.

It should be noted that much of what sits within the “disability realm” falls outside of Local Governments direct responsibility. In these instances, Local Governments work to achieve the best outcomes for the community through strong advocacy and leadership. Community organisations and businesses have both direct and indirect responsibilities to address barriers that discriminate against people with a disability, their families and carers.  

To achieve this Council, followed this process: review current Council policies + review research, legislation and policy + community and organisation consultation = Disability Policy and Action Plan.

The purpose of the plan is to provide a strategic framework that will help guide Council’s actions across the organisation, in the community, in partnership with key stakeholders and as an advocate for the rights of people with a disability and/or mental illness.  

Through community consultation, review of current research, legislation and policy directions as well as demographic information, Council has identified the following five priority areas:

  • Changing attitudes
  • Social connectedness
  • Information and communication
  • Accessible built environments
  • Employment, training and volunteering 

These priority areas will be the focus of work undertaken by Council and in partnership with disability and community organisations over the next four years.

To find out more about people with a disability living in the City of Whitehorse please view the Community Demographic information on Council's website.  

To find out more about the Whitehorse Disability Policy and Action Plan, please contact Council on 9262 6333.  

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Whitehorse Disability Advisory Committee

The recommendation for a Disability Advisory Committee emerged from the review of the initial Disability Action Plan (2000 –2002). The inaugural City of Whitehorse Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) commenced in 2004.  

The current Disability Advisory Committee was appointed for the 2012-2016 period. Members include people with a disability, family members, representatives from disability and mental health service providers.  

Purpose

The City of Whitehorse Disability Advisory Committee is an advisory committee to Council whose purpose is to:
  • Provide Council with strategic advice regarding systemic, structural, cultural and social barriers impacting on the lives and opportunities available to people with a disability
  • Ensure that the Disability Action Plan remains reflective, responsive and relevant to both the community and Council. 

Objectives

The objectives of the Whitehorse Disability Advisory Committee are to: 

  • Identify and raise systemic, structural, cultural and social barriers impacting on the lives and opportunities available to people with a disability, their families and carers 
  • Work in partnership with Council officers to identify and recommend potential solutions to presenting issues and barriers
  • Provide advice and guidance to Council at both the strategic and operational level in relation to Council activities, functions, policies, plans and facilities
  • Increase the profile of people with a disability through undertaking leadership and advocacy roles within the community and Council 
  • Develop Council and community knowledge about the Disability Action Plan aims and outcomes
  • Assist Council to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Disability Action Plan.  

If you would like further information regarding the Disability Advisory Committee please contact Council on 9262 6333.