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 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:
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:
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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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 Whitehorse Disability Advisory Committee is appointed for a four year term. Members include people with a disability, family members, representatives from disability and mental health service providers.
The objectives of the Whitehorse Disability Advisory Committee are to:
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