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Disability Inclusion and Access

Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017 - 2021

The purpose of Council's Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017 - 2021 (DIAP) is to position access and inclusion at the centre of Council business. The DIAP has a vital role in ensuring access and inclusion are fundamental considerations in how we create liveable communities, support access to meaningful employment, provide information and services and promote positive community attitudes and behaviour.
The DIAP builds on work already underway to increase access and inclusion. It spans all areas of Council, building capacity in order to make Council, and ultimately the Coffs Harbour area, a welcoming place for all people. The DIAP supports the larger reform of the disability sector through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which aims to enhance positive change in the lives of people with a disability.
You can find a copy of the DIAP here.

Disability Inclusion and Access Advisory Committee

The Coffs Harbour City Council Disability Inclusion and Advisory Committee works collaboratively with Coffs Harbour City Council in the development and implementation of strategies which aim to ensure that the local government area becomes an accessible community for all people.
The committee meets on the first Friday of the month at Coffs Harbour City Council Chambers. For more information or to enquire about membership of the Committee please call 02 6648 4041.

Helpful Resources

National Disability Insurance Scheme

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new national scheme to support people with disability to achieve their goals, participate in their communities and to provide them, their families and carers with personalised, flexible care and support.
The NDIS will become available on the Mid North Coast from July 2017. If you are a person with a disability and you meet the access requirements you can become a participant in the scheme. If you do not meet the criteria the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) may be able to provide you with information about other services that could be of benefit to you and assist in referral to these.
The NDIA is also working with local communities to improve inclusion of people with disability and build awareness of disability through fostering innovation, research and best practice.

Local Area Coordination

The NDIS provides person cantered planning for participants and delivery of their supports. This is mostly achieved through Local Area Coordination services (LAC).
Mid Coast Communities are delivering the NDIS on the Mid North Coast and can be contacted on 02 6651 1788.

Ability Links NSW

Ability Links NSW (ALNSW) supports people with disability aged 0-64, their families and carers to connect with their local community and support them to fulfil their goals. During the transition to the NDIS, ALNSW will primarily focus on providing support for people who are not NDIS participants (including family members and carers of NDIS participants) to help them to connect with their community or with mainstream supports. For participants of the NDIS, ALNSW may still work to enhance their natural and informal supports, which can be achieved outside of their NDIS Plan.
If a person does not meet the access requirements to become a NDIS participant, the NDIA or LAC may suggest access to a linker through ALNSW in order to connect with informal community and mainstream supports.
For referrals to ALNSW please contact Mid Coast Communities on 02 6651 1788.

Companion Card

This scheme allows people with significant and permanent disabilities who always require a carer in order to participate in community activities to be able to participate without having to pay two admission prices or fees. Each state has their own version of this card and specific organisations which are involved. Full terms and conditions and application forms can be found on the NSW Companion Card website.
You can view all organisations that accept this card here.

Disability and Aged Information Services Inc

Disability and Aged Information Services Inc (DAISI) is a free service which aims to provide information on services and supports available to assist people with disabilities, aged people and their families, carers and advocates.
DAISI is based in Lismore and services the Far North Coast region from just north of Woolgoolga to Tweed Heads. For further information free call 1800 800 340 (within NSW).

Australian Human Rights Commission

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 protects individuals across Australia from unfair treatment in many parts of public life. The Act makes disability discrimination unlawful and promotes equal rights, equal opportunity and equal access for people with disabilities. People who experience direct or indirect discrimination can complain to the Commission. Complaints must be made in writing or by email. Go to the lodge a complaint page for further details.