Disability Access and Inclusion

Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee

The City of Newcastle Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee was established in 2017 and first met on 28 February 2018. The committee assists with the implementation of the Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016-2019 and also provides advice on current and relevant local matters related to disability inclusion in Newcastle.

For further information about the committee visit our Advisory Committee's page or contact Community Planning on 02 4974 2000.

If you would like to provide access and inclusion related feedback about our local infrastructure or services please email mail@ncc.nsw.gov.au.

Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016-2019

Council adopted the Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016-2019 prepared in accordance with s.12 of the NSW Disability Inclusion Act at out Ordinary Meeting on 22 March 2016.  The plan outlines how council will contribute to making Newcastle an inclusive and accessible city for everyone.

The Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016-2019 was prepared in consultation with the community.  Within the plan is a Statement of Commitment from Council to the community which reads as follows:

Statement of Commitment

'We as the prominent citizens and representatives of Newcastle affirm our commitment to:

  • Advocating equal rights for all and improving our city as an accessible and inclusive place,
  • Striving for an inclusive society through collaborations with community, business and government groups,
  • Improving awareness of and access to Council facilitates for improved community wellbeing'

You can access the plan in a variety of formats by clicking on the links below:

If you require a copy of the plan in an alternative format, you can contact us on:

Phone:  02 49742000
Text:      0419 616 818

Email:    communityadmin@ncc.nsw.gov.au

 Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016 - 2019 (Accessible PDF)
 Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016 - 2019 (Text only/WORD format)
 Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016 - 2019 (Easy Read format)

Count Us In Newcastle

City of Newcastle, in consultation with the Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee, decided in 2019 to host and support a trial program of inclusive events and activities under the title of "Count Us In Newcastle". Instead of a one day event or activity that would traditionally be held on 3 December to acknowledge International Day of People with Disabilities, this month long program ran between 27 September until 25 October 2019. Inclusive events and activities were hosted, promoted and supported by City of Newcastle to demonstrate that Newcastle is an inclusive and caring community.

Find out more about Count Us In Newcastle.

National Disability Insurance Agency

National Disability Insurance Agency - NDIA (agency delivering the National Disability Insurance Scheme)

If you are a person living with a disability and you meet the relevant  access requirements you can become a participant in the scheme. The access requirements will be explained when you call the NDIA.
Call 1800 800 110.
If you do not meet the relevant access requirements, the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) may be able to provide you with  information about other supports that could be of benefit to you and assist in referral to these.