12 June 2019

The panel advised the City about ways it can increase people with disability participating at major events and festivals.

Ensuring information about accessing an event is easy to find is the first and most important step. Many people with disability won’t consider attending unless they know their needs will be met. All relevant access information needs to be available, as far as possible before the event.

Promoting events to people with disability can be improved by:

  • integrating accessibility information into existing communication channels
  • developing alternative communication formats, such as Easy Read 
  • using social media and existing peak body networks. 

The panel also discussed language used to describe disability. Language that focuses on the person first, is the most widely accepted (for example, people with disability). However, where possible, personal preferences should be accommodated. The panel encouraged the City to use terminology that captures the diversity of disability, including people who don’t identify as having a disability. For example, ’people with disability and access needs’ is encouraged.

2 April 2019

City staff briefed the panel on the draft local approvals policy and code of practice: hoisting and construction activities in public places.

The panel gave the following advice on access considerations for temporary construction infrastructure:

  • As far as possible, temporary ramps should be kept dry and placed under hoardings to minimise slip factor which can create hazards for wheelchair users and blind people.
  • Consider signs that warn people walking of upcoming ramps to assist wheelchair users and people with less mobility.
  • Seek feedback from access consultants, disability peak bodies and other relevant non-government organisations.

The panel provided advice to the City’s People Performance and Technology division about how to engage and support employees with disability, lived experience of a mental health issue and caring responsibilities.

13 February 2019

City staff and ASPECT Studios briefed the panel on an initial concept design for a proposed inclusive playground at Cook + Phillip Park.

The panel gave the following advice on key access and inclusion considerations for the playground:

  • Provide entry points into the playground as close to public transport and mobility parking spaces as possible, to limit the distance people need to travel to access the playground.
  • Conduct further consultation with children with disability and their families, including engaging with respite groups for school-aged children with disability, particularly those that use Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic Centre, the Royal Botanic Garden and the Australian Museum.
  • Ensure seating throughout the playground is inclusive, for example a mix of seats with arm and back rests and providing a gap next to benches or seats to allow a wheelchair or pram.
  • Ensure there are quiet spaces throughout the playground for children on the autism spectrum.
  • Provide adequate coverage of shade through the playground to protect equipment and users.

Last updated: Thursday, 11 July 2019