Local Government's Role

LGNSW works with councils to promote access and inclusion of people with a disability in their community. Our work in disability 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. 

Improved physical access to community and privately-owned facilities is encouraged by local government.

Events and Resources

Disability Inclusion Action Plans (DIAP)

Under the Disability Inclusion Act 2014, councils are required to develop Disability Inclusion Action Plans by July 2017.

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.


Download the guidelines, adapted for local government, below:

Additional Resources

Download additional resources below to you with disability inclusion action planning:

For more information, email Dee-Dee San Jose.

Disability Inclusion Forums

LGNSW held a one-day DIAP Forum for Northern Rivers councils in Ballina on 23 May 2016.

The forum discussed the role of local government in building liveable communities that support better access and inclusion of people with disability, older people and carers.  

The NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014 highlights the responsibilities of Local Government in undertaking disability inclusion action planning and the development of accessible communities.

LGNSW held Disability Inclusion and Liveable Communities Forums in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

View presentations on the forums page.

Disability Report

In 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.

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.


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