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community access plan
Auburn City Council has recently adopted a four year Community Access Plan. The purpose of a Community Access Plan is to uphold the importance of physical and social access issues. The Community Access Plan 2013 - 2017 includes a range of actions to make certain that Council’s services and programs are accessible to all members of the community, and that Council services and staff are adaptable and considerate in order to meet the needs of all people.

A key component of the Community Access Plan will be a Disability Action Plan. A Disability Action Plan will assist the Council to identify and change Council practices that may result in discrimination, whether intentional or unintentional, against people with a disability and enable Council to meet its obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1992. Once adopted, the Plan will be lodged with the Human Rights Commission (HRC).

The Disability Discrimination Act (1992) defines disability as:
• total or partial loss of a person’s bodily or mental functions
• total or partial loss of a part of the body
• the presence in the body of organisms causing disease or illness
• the malfunction, malformation or disfigurement of a part of a person’s body
• a disorder or malfunction that results in a person learning differently from a person without the disorder or malfunction
• a disorder, illness or disease that affects a person’s thought processes, perception of reality, emotions or judgement, or that results in disturbed behaviour.
 
The involvement of the community in the development of the Community Access Plan ensures that a comprehensive range of access issues within the community are identified and that future actions to be implemented by Council reflect community expectations and needs.
 
Extensive research was conducted by Council to inform the Community Access Plan. In Late 2011, Auburn City Council held had a series of consultation workshops with service providers, people with disability and carers.
 
The organisations who participated in the research consultations included: Local cultural welfare associations, local community health centres, NSW Multicultural Health Service, Paraquad, Sydney Western Area Health Service, Berala on the Park, St Josephs ACAT Group, Wentworth Point Consultative Committee, The Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre, The Salvation Army, Baptist Community Services, The Australian Electoral commission, Lidcombe TAFE, NSW Health Service, and The Department of Family and Community Services.
 
The Community Access Plan 2013 – 2017 was adopted by Council in April 2013. For further details please contact Council's Community Development Officer - Age & Disability on 9735 1378.