Approximately 4.3 million Australians – one in five people – have a disability
As a society, we are starting to see a shift in thinking at a policy level on how we can support people with disability to participate in an ordinary Australian life. This commitment is demonstrated with the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)2 , introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and, in Victoria, with the Absolutely Everyone: State Disability Plan 2017–2020.
However, there are still barriers that have yet to be addressed and are found at all levels: in government policy, societal attitudes, and in communications and the built environment. Every Australian has a role to play in creating positive change and breaking down barriers.
This paper is a guide to disability inclusion and how to ensure we can all live and work in an accessible world.
Note: the tips and examples provided in this resource are for guidance only. This does not replace professional advice from experts of specific disabilities and is to be used as a general guide to raise awareness in workplace settings. For more information on specific disabilities, always seek expert advice.