People with a Disability

We work with councils to promote access and inclusion of people with a disability in their community. In our work in disability, Local Government NSW is supported by financial assistance from the NSW Government.

Local Government recognises that people with a disability have a right to quality facilities and services that enable them to live and fully participate in their communities. 

The 2014 LGNSW Board adopted the Local Government and Disability Policy Statement (PDF, 80KB) referred from the LGNSW 2014 Conference.

Improved physical access to community and privately-owned facilities is encouraged by Local Government.

Disability Inclusion Action Plans (DIAP)

Under the Disability Inclusion Act 2014, councils are required to develop Disability Inclusion Action Plans.

A Disability Inclusion Action Plan demonstrates Local Government’s commitment to people with a disability on improving access to services, facilities and jobs and is also designed to change perceptions about people with a disability.


The following guidelines have been adapted for Local Government and are available in both PDF and Word formats:

You can also download accessible versions of the guidelines below:

Information Sheets

Use the following additional resources to help with you disability inclusion action planning:

Please email Margaret Kay if you would like to be notified of any changes to the above guidelines or information sheets.

Disability Inclusion Forums

LGNSW is holding a disability Inclusion Action Planning Forum 23 May in Ballina for Northern NSW councils. Find out more.

LGNSW held Disability Inclusion and Liveable Communities Forums in 2014 and 2015. View presentations on the forums page.

Disability Report

In late 2013 LGNSW commissioned a report with funding from NSW Family and Community Services to provide an understanding of the current planning undertaken by NSW councils to support access for inclusion for people with disability. The draft report (PDF, 1.8MB) is available for download.

National Disability Strategy

The NSW Government has released the National Disability Strategy NSW Implementation Plan 2012-2014. The plan can be accessed here.

International Day of People with a Disability

We support International Day of People with a Disability (IDPWD), an official day celebrating the achievements of people with a disability. The day is part of a worldwide celebration which occurs on 3 December each year.