Meeting summaries

Meeting summaries

20 April 2017

The panel discussed and provided advice on the City’s draft Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan 2017–2021.

Overall, the panel was supportive of the plan and acknowledged the City’s continued commitment to an inclusive city for all. The panel gave advice on terminology and definitions in the plan highlighting the need to ensure the language reflects the social model of disability. This will encourage changing social attitudes towards disability as well as raise broader awareness and understanding within the community.

The panel highlighted the importance of continuing to focus on ensuring new information and communications technology systems are accessible, with panel members noting this will help harness broad social outcomes for everyone and not just people with disability. 

The panel also recognised the City’s commitment to transparent and accountable governance and engagement, which is reflected within specific actions of the plan. The meeting concluded with a discussion about the public exhibition period which included timing and the ways the community and stakeholders can provide feedback.

21 February 2017

Panel members provided advice about key actions and priorities for the forthcoming Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan 2017–2021. The panel highlighted the importance of the City continuing disability awareness training for all staff and embedding inclusion across its processes and operations. The panel advised a priority in the plan should be strategies that contribute to meaningful employment for people with disability.

The panel suggested people with disability be represented more broadly across City events, programs and activities as well as in communications and promotional material, to clearly demonstrate the City's commitment to celebrating diversity. The panel also recommended the City explore strategies to deliver additional ’changing places‘ toilets in the city.

These facilities include adult change tables to make it possible for people with profound disability from across greater Sydney and beyond, to visit and participate in the cultural, learning and social activities on offer in the City’s local area.

23 January 2017 

Extraordinary meeting

City staff provided panel members with an overview of progress on the current Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan 2014–2017.

Panel members were asked to comment on which actions should be ongoing and those that should be carried over to the next plan. 

City staff and panel members also discussed the recommendations made by participants in the community consultations undertaken in December 2016 and how these may be reflected in the forthcoming plan.

Last updated: Tuesday, 2 May 2017