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Access and Inclusion


Northern Districts Inclusion Award

The Northern Districts Inclusion Award recognises and celebrates businesses that incorporate an inclusive approach for all customers through their business design, culture, advertising, recruitment, training and customer service.

A socially inclusive business recognises that every person matters, regardless of their circumstances. The inclusion award gives customers, staff and business owners the opportunity to nominate and reward local businesses for their inclusive efforts.

Some good examples of inclusive practices include:

  1. Continually thinking of ways to improve and provide training for your staff so that they can meet the needs of the community i.e. people with disability, seniors, and people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
  2. Making your business as accessible as possible i.e. consider your seating layout, install ramps, grab rails, wider doors, ‘rest stop’ seating and quieter spaces, visual guides and signage, making sure that service or pay points in your business have reduced noise levels and are clutter free.
  3. Exploring employing people from a wide and varying talent pool within the community.

Nominations are now open and close on Wednesday 11 August 2021.

Find out more and download the nomination form.

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Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP)                

The NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014 (DIA) legislates that Local Government is to undertake disability inclusion action planning and develop and implement a plan of action to ensure the plans come into effect.  Council's DIAP aims to make Lane Cove a better place for people living with disability to live, work and visit by developing

  • positive community attitudes and behaviours
  • creating liveable communities
  • supporting access to meaningful employment
  • improving access to services through better systems and processes

Lane Cove worked with Ryde and Hunter's Hill councils to develop a regional plan with localised actions.  The community consultation took place between 25 March and 5 May 2017.  The actions were developed from the responses of 749 people who participated though either small group consultations, surveys, community forums and one on one discussion.

The Disability Inclusion Action Plan was adopted by Council on 23 October 2017.  The Plan can also be viewed as a Flip Book or as a PDF

The Disability Council is the official advisory body to the NSW Government and its role is to

  • advise public authorities about the content and implementation of disability inclusion action plans
  • advise the Minister about the content and implementation of the State Disability Inclusion Plan and disability inclusion action plans.

Access and Inclusion Committee

The Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee meets quarterly. Its objective is to assist Council to increase and promote general awareness of access and inclusion for all people in the community.

The Committee has the following functions

  • To oversee the implementation of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan.
  • To identify ways and opportunities to educate our community and raise awareness on access and inclusion issues
  • To encourage and promote a "whole of Council" approach to access and inclusion planning

Community Directory

The Lane Cove Council's Community Directory provides a comprehensive list of organisations that provide services and resources to people with disability and carers in the Lane Cove and surrounding areas.